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Are the Philadelphia Union a finalist for DeMarcus Beasley?

Well here's a rumor sure to get the attention of Union fans who support the USMNT.

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Transfer season is silly season and silly season can be fun season. For many, it is a chance to speculate and dream away about their favorite players joining their favorite club.

For the Philadelphia Union, a team of many needs especially on their back line and along the left wing (sorry Danny Cruz), it is natural for them to be linked to a versatile player like Beasley who can play both left back and left wing.

Which brings us to the United States' World Cup starting left back, DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley, who has been with Puebla in Liga MX since 2011, is aiming for a return to Major League Soccer and according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff, the Philadelphia Union may just be in the mix for him.

By process of elimination, that means according to Goff, the teams that are a possibility for Beasley are Sporting Kansas City, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and Houston Dynamo. People will be quick to note that Beasley was with Chicago Fire from 2000-2004 along with current Union interim manager Jim Curtin, who was a defender in Chicago from 2001 to 2008. The connection is there. Perhaps the Union are really in it to get Beasley?

Maybe, but unless Beasley is playing left wing in place of Cruz, it is hard to believe this is a serious possibility. Despite the Union's defensive woes, they do have a pair of solid full backs in Sheanon Williams and Ray Gaddis. In addition to the Union's defensive woes being more in the center of the defense, it would seem unlikely the Union would spend a large sum of money on a player for an interim manager who probably will be replaced by a different, more permanent hire, in the off-season.

But alas, it is fun to dream. And given all of the drama of the Carlos Valdes situation, a dream like this is a nice diversion.