DaMarcus Beasley planning soccer franchise for Fort Wayne‘’"Football" by Ann RosE, License‘’
Fort Wayne could have another soccer team on the way, headed up by a Fort Wayne native who found success in the sport.
DaMarcus Beasley is a graduate from South Side High School and considered a legend of Major League Soccer. He retired after the 2019 season, and ESPN reports he’s now got his sights set on setting up a pro team in his hometown.
Beasley is reportedly in talks with investors to buy a League One franchise in the USL to play at an as-yet-unannounced 7,500-seat stadium that is being planned for the North River area in downtown Fort Wayne. Mayor Tom Henry is also on-board with the plan.
“Now it’s just literally getting the final touches on the land — crossing the T’s and dotting I’s and then, hopefully, everybody can be on board,” Beasley says. Obviously, we hit a snag because of the coronavirus; we had to take a step back. But we’re in stages where it is definitely progressing.”
This team would not be affiliated with the Fort Wayne Football Club of the NPSL, which had its inaugural season this year canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.