FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - The Fort Wayne FC held their first tryout of the season with soccer superstar and club's co-owner, DaMarcus Beasley on the sideline.
"I always wanted to stay in the game," Beasley said.
He was often asked about coaching, but was more intrigued with the business side of the game.
When the Fort Wayne FC's ownership group asked him to join them, he was on board.
"We want to give an opportunity to the players in our area, a path to professional soccer. They don't have to go to California, leave home, they don't have to do different things to get to where they want to be at a different level. It's right here in the backyard," Beasley said.
Through zoom calls Fort Wayne FC's Head Coach, Mike Avery knew Beasley was excited and eager to get things rolling.
"Passion spreads throughout the whole organization. We had a really good ownership group already in place, one more addition of an all star is fantastic," Avery said.
Beasley retired from professional soccer, just over a year ago. He says bringing pro soccer to the Fort wasn't always a dream.
But now, he says the club can represent the city well.
"It's something that you want to put your time and effort and everything into because it's our team," he said.
"We want the city to be proud of the players and what we are trying to portray as the city of Fort Wayne and if we can do that, I think the city will support us and get behind us."
Fort Wayne FC is expected to start their season in May at Shields field.