The Wizards announced Tuesday that they have finally signed free agent forward Jamar Beasley to a contract.
The 30-year-old Beasley, who is 5-foot-10, has been practicing with the Wizards on a trial basis for the last two weeks. He spent last season with the Rockford Rampage of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
“Although he’s coming from indoor (soccer), he’s got some qualities than can help us,” said Wizards coach/technical director Peter Vermes. “He’s a left-footed, left-sided player, he’s quick and he also can finish.”
However, don’t expect to see Beasley in the starting lineup, or even in a game, any time soon. Vermes said Beasley must continue to work on his fitness and confirmed that he won’t appear in Saturday’s game at Real Salt Lake, even as a sub.
“He probably, right now, has about 15 minutes in (him) at the MLS level,” Vermes said, “so it’s going to be a couple of weeks.
“I can’t predict exactly when he’s going to get in the starting lineup. Fitness is something we’re going to have to work with him on.”
Beasley was the first player to play in a Major League Soccer game right out of high school. He played in MLS from 1998 to 2001 with the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire. He also played with the Kansas City Comets indoor team from 2003-’05. His brother is DaMarcus Beasley, who is with the U.S. national team.
According to announcer Dave Borchardt's tweets from scrimmage today, he scored the Wizards first goal against the KC Brass.