U.S. soccer player Damarcus Beasley is back in the United States after his return from the World Cup in Brazil, including a brief visit to his home town of Fort Wayne.
“I always say that Fort Wayne is my home—these are my people,” Beasley says.
Beasley will be playing professionally in the MLS for the first time in ten years, signing with the Houston Dynamo last Wednesday.
He is also taking part in his annual summer camp that is broken up into divisions based on age and skill level. While he hopes to teach kids how to become better soccer players, instilling love for the game is his top priority.
“Obviously we want to make it educational, let them learn something from each week that they come to camp, but our main thing is we want to see the kids smile and enjoy themselves and have fun,” Beasley says.
Beasley and the U.S. Men’s National Team exceeded many people’s expectations just by surviving the “Group of Death” that included Ghana, Portugal, and Germany.
“Obviously we came up short against Belgium, but we gave it our all,” Beasley says. ”We left everything on the field; not one guy took one minute off. That was very good to see, and so the future looks bright.”
“I’m excited to see the future of the sport in this country,” he added. ”I think after this World Cup people are going to start following this sport more, not just during World Cup time.”
Beasley will be 36 in 2018, and although he knows it’s unlikely, he refuses to rule out a fifth world cup in Russia.
“I’m not going to give up,” Beasley insists. “I’m not going to let someone take my position easily.”