TAMPA, Fla. — The United Soccer League (USL) announced today the addition of Fort Wayne FC, with the club competing in the Great Lakes Division of USL League Two for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons before its move to USL League One in 2023.
“We are very excited to be joining the USL, starting with our inaugural season in 2021,” said Dr. Erik Magner, President of Fort Wayne FC. “We believe that the USL is a great partner for us and recognizes and supports our plans to enter the professional ranks.”
In joining League Two, Fort Wayne FC will offer a proven pathway to professional soccer for its players, both those at the elite collegiate level and the top academy-age players from the region. On top of the valuable experience of playing in the nation’s most competitive pre-professional environment, League Two also provides growth opportunities for its coaches, executives and communities.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Fort Wayne FC to the USL family,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “With a quality leadership group in place, we’re confident that the club will be a tremendous community asset in League Two while building the foundation for future success as a professional club in League One.”
The club’s vision is to provide a steppingstone for young and talented soccer players from the large pool of youth and young adult players in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana and has a mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in Fort Wayne and the surrounding region.
Moving toward its ultimate goal of participating in League One, Fort Wayne FC will aim to launch its professional efforts in the years to come, backed by an expanded ownership group and vision for professional soccer in the Fort Wayne area. Former MLS and U.S. men’s national team star DaMarcus Beasley is a co-owner of Fort Wayne FC and will have a firsthand role in growing and promoting the club.
“Being involved with a group to bring to professional soccer to my hometown is truly a dream come true,” said Beasley. “I’m extremely excited to get started with this new challenge and to work side by side with the Fort Wayne community.”
As part of the USL family of clubs, the league will provide strong corporate partnerships and stable organizational leadership, employing a dedicated staff of more than 60 professionals across 17 departments ranging from operations, digital, communications and club services.
Learn more about Fort Wayne FC by following @FortWayneFC on Twitter and Instagram, @FortWayneFootballClub on Facebook, and online at www.fortwaynefc.com.