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DeMarcus Beasley answers questions from kids during his holiday soccer camp Tuesday at the Plex South.

Soccer star gives back to hometown

DaMarcus Beasley walked onto a soccer field at Plex South on Tuesday with a couple of campers following.

The Fort Wayne native, a member of the last three U.S. World Cup teams, has a Christmas break for the first time in almost seven years. And he wanted to soak it all in.

Beasley returned to Fort Wayne for the first Beasley National Soccer School Holiday Camp.

“It’s always good to come back home, obviously to see the family. But (also) to see the kids and to see soccer really grow in my hometown,” said Beasley, who played at South Side. “I want to see soccer grow as a whole in America, but I want to do my part in my hometown, in my area.”

Beasley has been adjusting to a new home with a Bundesliga club in Hannover, Germany. He signed a two-year contract with the German top-division team in August.

“The experience has been great so far. I haven’t played as much as I wanted the past five months, but obviously it takes time getting adjusted to the language, the people, the culture,” Beasley said. “I’m looking forward to putting a stamp on the team and trying to get on the pitch a lot more.

“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve lived in Holland, England and Scotland. It takes time. Germany is different from any other country I’ve lived in, obviously, and so it will take a little more time. I just try to get stuff outside of soccer, the house, the car, so I feel comfortable. That’s the most important thing. If you feel comfortable at home, you can be comfortable at your job. I’ve gotten that now so hopefully the next five months of the season, I can start playing a lot more.”

Beasley called his World Cup experiences something he would never have dreamed of.

“There are different little things you can take away from each World Cup,” Beasley said. “Obviously, our best was 2002 in Korea. Every World Cup is different. We had a disappointing one in ’06, but we came back and did a lot better in 2010. Every one has their differences, but at the same time we gave our all and our fans appreciated that.”

When asked about his future, Beasley said his immediate focus is getting more playing time for Hannover.

“Now I’m settled in Germany, I feel comfortable around my teammates,” Beasley said. “It’s about playing, going out there and doing what I know how to do. I still have a joy when I’m on the field playing. I still get a big smile on my face when I’m playing. I’m excited I still have the opportunity to play. Hopefully, this season I can really get back to the way I used to play.”

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