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Where Are They Now: Ryan McMahen
Ryan McMahen, a former Munster and Michigan State soccer star, recently left Major League Soccer after nearly four years. He's returning to his collegiate alma mater to coach.

Ryan McMahen may not be playing soccer, but the former Munster High School and Michigan State star and former Major League Soccer player will have a chance to teach it.

He will be a graduate assistant for the same program he starred for as he will join the Michigan State staff.

"I really am looking forward to it and it will be a good challenge," McMahen said. "I am familiar with the coaches, the school and it is a great opportunity for me.

"I think it will be a learning experience as a whole."

Head coach Damon Rensing was an assistant when McMahen played for the Spartans.

McMahen, 27, said he is not ruling out playing professionally again, but he said if it doesn't happen, he is prepared to move on.

"I think about (playing professionally) every day, but there comes a point where you have to make some life decisions and if it happens, fine," he said. "I've had a good career and I've had some injuries, but I also can't complain about the career I had at Munster and Michigan State."

He was the 2000 Times Player of the Year and finished his career in East Lansing, Mich., with 80 points -- 26 goals and 28 assists -- the program's sixth all-time points leader. He was a Big Ten first-team pick in 2004 and 2005. He was second team in 2003 and made second-team All-America in 2005, the program's first since 1968.

McMahen was the Kansas City Wizards' second-round pick of the 2006 MLS draft. He played 3 1/2 years and last played a year ago for the Austin (Texas) Aztex of the United Soccer League, Division of the USSF D2 Pro League.

The experiences are something he can draw on.

"I think I have a lot to offer as far as getting ready for practice, how to be in shape," McMahen said. "My career, I kind of flew under the radar at Munster."

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