By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2016) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler is one of the best defenders in MLS. … A major reason for the success Sporting KC has achieved over the past few seasons, Besler stands out among those who play the same position.
For nearly any other MLS club, locking up the in-demand USMNT duo of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi would be about the team in the moment, the bid to hold off suitors, and the acknowledgment of the star power World Cup players can bring. … That's why keeping Matt Besler and Graham Zusi deserves a much broader context. … For Sporting Kansas City, the signing of Besler and Zusi to Designated Player contracts isn’t really about the here and now at all.
USMNT player Matt Besler joined MLS in 2009 and immediately made his presence felt as a regular with the Kansas City Wizards. … With the club during their transition from the Wizards to Sporting Kansas City, Besler raised his game to go along with his club's restatement of purpose.
In a bid to add savvy to the mix for the young club, Austin brought in ex-NYCFC midfielder Alex Ring and former Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler. … To call Besler an MLS legend would be to undersell his achievements in Kansas City.
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Apr 18, 2013) US Soccer Players - In today’s questions, Tony studies Seattle’s scoring problems, looks at an honor for Nick Rimando, and learns more about US National team player Matt Besler. … Why does US National Team player Matt Besler wear the number five when he plays for Kansas City?… Besler, who grew up in the Kansas City area, went to Wizards games growing up and still remembers their 2000 MLS Cup.
Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler is the latest Major League Soccer award winner, named Defender of the Year on Tuesday. … "I am very humbled, yet ecstatic, to be honored as MLS Defender of the Year," Besler said in a press statement.
US National Team soccer players Matt Belser and Graham Zusi discuss the importance of the January camp for their careers.
Defender Matt Besler, midfielder Roger Espinoza, and midfielder-turned-fullback Graham Zusi make up the core of Sporting KC. … Besler and Zusi joined Sporting in 2009 when the club was still known as the Wizards and have been on hand for every playoff run.
Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler, a 12-year veteran of the only club he's ever played for, has already said his goodbyes. … Besler's imminent departure for presumably another club in MLS is difficult to process.
Matt Belser was synonymous with Sporting Kansas City in much the same way Wondolowski was with the Quakes. … Besler was a local kid who Sporting acquired via the draft in 2009.
Matt Besler played a ball into the box for Shea to run onto, beating Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera. … USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt. … USA - Matt Besler (caution) 71
"Offensively, that was some of the best soccer we've played all season," KC's Matt Besler said.
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 20-Paul Arriola (9-Gyasi Zardes, 76), 23-Kellyn Acosta (28-Clint Dempsey, 55), 26-Michael Bradley (capt. … Subs not used : 12-Bill Hamid, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Chris Pontius, 10-Joe Corona, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Justin Morrow, 18-Juan Agudelo, 21-Matt Hedges, 29-Jesse González… JAM : 1-Andre Blake (13-Dwayne Miller, 23); 2-Kemar Lawrence, 21-Jermaine Taylor, 4-Ladale Richie (17-Kevon Lambert, 87), 3-Damion Lowe, 5-Alvas Powell; 8-Oniel Fischer,…
No matter what stage you take over a team you just want to help the team to get better and you want to give them as much knowledge as possible and as much guidance as possible in order for them to improve, to grow, and to start fine-tuning things and that’s what we said over the last couple of days. … It is impressive to see how Omar [Gonzalez] and Matt [Besler] take their roles and how confident they are now and they don’t shy away from anything.
We’ve always had the talent but it was just a matter of showing it and today I thought we showed signs of that.
The group includes Wondolowki's former US teammate Matt Besler and Federico Higuain. … Any time you can play in a game, it doesn't matter if it's for the National Team or San Jose, it's fun," he told USSoccerPlayers.com in 2015. … In the case of Wondolowski and Besler, it's a reminder of the importance of MLS as a developer of American talent that continues to be important to the success of the National Team.
Besler is a midfielder who played his college soccer at Notre Dame and the brother of USMNT and Sporting Kansas City player Matt Besler. … Defender Matt Polster went to the Chicago Fire with the 7th pick. … Nick Besler went 5th to the Portland Timbers.
ussoccer.com: Two players who will certainly be excited for this game are Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, both Sporting Kansas City starters and regulars for the National Team. … JK: “Both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are really great examples of how you can break through to the highest level through hard work, through total commitment, and through quality. … He worked himself in slowly and broke through, and the same with Matt Besler.
The US Open Cup quarterfinals are on Wednesday with several struggling MLS clubs trying to balance league, cup, and the history of the competition.
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USA: 12-Bill Hamid; 19-Graham Zusi, 4-Matt Miazga, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 13-Dax McCarty; 7-Chris Pontius, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (capt. … Matt Miazga headed in the USMNT's third goal.
Matt Besler made it 2-0 in the 32nd. … USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 4-Kellyn Acosta; 19-Graham Zusi, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66), 23-Fabian Johnson (10-Christian Pulisic, 66); 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.
Klinsmann chose to insert Matt Besler at left back, shifting Fabian Johnson to the right side. … Making the semis, no matter the cost, is probably worth it. … Rather than do the simple thing and start Michael Orozco on the right, Klinsmann decided to try and clamp down on the opponent’s left flank and cover for Besler’s handicaps at a position he’s only played once for the USMNT.
When the Red Bulls excelled last year, it was defender Matt Miazga who deserved a lot of the credit.
Brek Shea joined Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones, and DeAndre Yedlin in the back line. … Klinsmann debuted two players at full USMNT level, subbing on DC United's Perry Kitchen and FC Dallas's Matt Hedges. … USA: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin (3-Matt Hedges, 72), 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 11-Brek Shea; 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Mix Diskerud (15-Perry Kitchen, 72); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.
Jones, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, and Michael Bradley rejoined the squad following the weekend's MLS games. … ETAttendance: 14,805Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy Scoring Summary: 1 2 FUSA 1 0 1HON 0 1 1 USA - Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley) 10th minuteHON - Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez) 86 Lineups:USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt. … ), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy…
US Soccer interviews Sporting Kansas City and US National Team players Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.
Sporting KC has transitioned this year defensively as longtime defensive stalwart Matt Besler and the club parted ways in the offseason. … Besler's contract ran out, and the club deemed him expendable as Besler signed with Austin FC.
By 2016, Opara had become a starter at Sporting KC, teaming up with veteran defender Matt Besler to anchor the backline. … It seems that Sporting KC has suffered the most when either you or Matt Besler have not played together due to injuries. … How important is your center back pairing with Besler for this team to be successful?
The tall Texan also started five of the Yanks’ six Gold Cup matches, striking up a solid partnership with Matt Besler to anchor the US defense in semifinal and final wins. … At times earlier in the year it looked like one of the FC Dallas duo of Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman could be in position to influence this debate. … Besler works at the heart of the best defense in MLS this season with Sporting Kansas City.
DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … United), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG),…
USA: 22-David Bingham; 15-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler, 14-Kellyn Acosta (21-Brandon Vincent, 46); 9-Gyasi Zardes (18-Jerome Kiesewetter, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … Subs Not Used:1-Sean Johnson, 2-Eric Miller, 11-Khiry Shelton, 24-Matt Polster, 25-Tony Tchani, 26-Tim Parker… USA – Matt Besler (caution) 42nd minute
He added Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Sean Johnson, Jermaine Jones, and Graham Zusi. … DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton…… Besler and Zusi's Sporting Kansas City made the playoffs with a win on Friday night.
The former may open the door for San Jose’s Justin Morrow, Hertha Berlin youngster Alfredo Morales or Tony Beltran of Real Salt Lake, while the latter should result in an Omar Gonzalez/Matt Besler partnership, seen by many as the "central defense of the future,” getting its first legit test drive. … DEF: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J.
Matt Besler followed at halftime with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann not wanting to risk another hamstring injury.
USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 15-Jorge Villafaña (23-Kellyn Acosta, 72), 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … USA - Matt Besler (caution) 90+5
Arena’s options to partner him include Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, and Matt Hedges. … Besler stands out as a likely choice because of his smart positional play and experience.
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 20-Paul Arriola (28-Clint Dempsey, 66), 23-Kelly Acosta (13-Dax McCarty, 85), 26-Michael Bradley (capt. … Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Chris Pontius, 10-Joe Corona, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Justin Morrow, 18-Juan Agudelo, 21-Matt Hedges, 29-Jesse González
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 15-Eric Lichaj, 21-Matt Hedges, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 16-Justin Morrow; 25-Darlington Nagbe (7-Chris Pontius, 87), 26-Michael Bradley (capt.
Subs not used : 12- Bill Hamid, 22- Sean Johnson , 2- Jorge Villafaña, 4- Matt Miazga, 5- Matt Besler, 6- Kelyn Rowe, 10- Joe Corona, 14- Dom Dwyer, 19- Graham Zusi…
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 13-Dax McCarty, 23-Kellyn Acosta; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (capt. … Substitutes not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 22-Sean Johnson, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Chris Pontius , 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Justin Morrow, 17-Cristian Roldan, 20-Paul Arriola, 21-Matt Hedges
Matt Hedges and Matt Besler paired at center back in the warm-up friendly. … Matt Miazga appears to sit a bit further down the depth chart.
);, 2-Jorge Villafaña (3-Omar Gonzalez, 88), 5-Matt Besler, 6-Kelyn Rowe (9-Gyasi Zardes, 62), 10-Joe Corona (7-Kenny Saief, 71), 13-Dax McCarty,…
DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG;…
Last week, Sporting Kansas City got a bit of help when Bruce Arena allowed defender Matt Besler to leave USMNT camp for his club’s match against Minnesota United. … Sporting’s situation at center back was dire without Besler, a situation that led to a request for Besler’s release.
On Sunday Arena added Sacha Kljestan and Matt Besler. … DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 2/0) Geoff Cameron (Stoke…
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 40); 21-Timmy Chandler (2-DeAndre Yedlin 74), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 6-John Brooks, 5-Matt Besler (14-Michael Orozco, 81); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … USA – Matt Besler (caution) 68
Also in contention are Omar Gonzalez or Matt Besler. … No matter the competition or their ranking, Klinsmann would surely like to have the best team possible. … Klinsmann has shown trust in Besler in the past.
Substitute Matt Besler won the game for Sporting with a stoppage time goal. … Matt Hedges scored in the 61st minute and Fabian Castillo added a goal in stoppage time. … "When I went in, we were going over set piece responsibilities and Zoran [Savic] said I could make the call if i wanted to go up or not," Besler said "The moment I went into the game, we were tied 1-1.
USA: 12-Tim Howard; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 14-Michael Orozco; 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … USA - Matt Besler (caution) 22
DEF: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … United), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire),…
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbed on Portland Timbers forward Darlington Nagbe and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga in the 64th minute, cap tying both players to the United States.
We have seen a lot of success through the draft with players such as Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Dom Dwyer and Roger Espinoza. … (Matt) Besler and (Graham) Zusi were both great players coming out of college and each played in a World Cup last year.
DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … UPDATE: US Soccer announced that new Toronto FC signing Jozy Altidore will join the camp along with FC Dallas player Matt Hedges who replaces Brad Evans (tendonitis).
Defensively, Aurelien Collin and Matt Besler make up one of the best central defense tandems in MLS. … While it’s ultimately wins and points that matter, the perception of the top contenders builds as much on the manner of their success as on points. … Sporting Kansas City, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, and MLS
Matt Besler followed at halftime with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann not wanting to risk another hamstring injury. … ETAttendance: 39,760Weather: 81 degrees, cloudy Scoring Summary: 1 2 FUSA 1 1 2GHA 0 1 1 USA - Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones) 1st minuteGHA - Andre Ayew (Asamoah Gyan) 82USA - John Brooks (Graham Zusi) 86 Lineups:USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 77), 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbing in goalkeeper Brad Guzan for Tim Howard and made two more switches at halftime (Kyle Beckerman for Jermaine Jones and John Brooks for Matt Besler). … ETAttendance: 26,762 (sellout)Weather: 74 degrees, sunny Scoring Summary: 1 2 FUSA 1 1 2TUR 0 1 1 USA – Fabian Johnson (Michael Bradley) 26th minuteUSA – Clint Dempsey 52TUR – Selcuk Inan (penalty) 90 Lineups:USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler (6-John Brooks, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 19-Graham Zusi (10-Mix Diskerud, 69), 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 14-Brad Davis (16-Julian Green, 64); 17-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.
” -- GAME REPORT -- Shootout Results – RSL 1-1 (6-7) SKC SKC – FW Claudio Bieler – GoalRSL – FW Alvaro Saborio – MissSKC – MF Paulo Nagamura – GoalRSL – MF Ned Grabavoy – SaveSKC – DF Matt Besler – SaveRSL – MF Kyle Beckerman – GoalSKC – MF Benny Feilhaber – GoalRSL – FW Joao Plata – GoalSKC – FW Graham Zusi – MissRSL – MF Javier Morales – GoalSKC – DF Seth Sinovic – GoalRSL – DF Chris Schuler – GoalSKC – FW C.J. … 7, 2013 SPORTING PARK Goals by Period 1 2 F OT PKSReal Salt Lake 0 1 1 0 6 Sporting Kansas City 0 1 1 0 7 Scoring Summary: RSL – Alvaro Saborio – 52’SKC – Aurelien Collin – 76’ Misconduct Summary: RSL – Chris WIngert (Yellow;Foul) – 24’SKC – Aurelien Collin (Yellow; Foul) – 35’RSL – Alvaro Saborio (Yellow; Foul) – 44’RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Yellow; Foul) – 100’SKC – Benny Feilhaber (Yellow; Foul) – 104’ Lineups: Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert (Lovel Palmer, 72’), Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman (C), Luis Gil (Sebastian Velasquez, 87’), Javier Morales, Ned Grabavoy; Robbie Findley (Joao Plata, 112’), Alvaro Saborio Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella, Brandon McDonalad, Cole Grossman, Olmes Garcia Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Jimmy Nielsen; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers; Oriol Rosell (Lawrence Olum, 8’), Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber, C.J.
US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann made four changes, adding Omar Gonzalez, Alan Gordon, Eddie Johnson, and Matt Besler in place of Corey Ashe, Herculez Gomez, Jack McInerney, and Oguchi Onyewu. … IN: Matt Besler (DOB: 11-Feb-87; Pos.
Lately the US have talked up the concept of pairs working in tandem in various areas of the pitch, and the central defensive partnership of Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez seems to be a prime example. … DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar…
Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Tim Howard, and Fabian Johnson all carry a yellow card. … USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 20-Geoff Cameron; 18-Eddie Johnson (10-Joe Corona, 87), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.
That vote of confidence suggests that he and the rest of the back four (Evans, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez) will start together for the third consecutive time. … DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle…
Versatile midfielder Brad Evans has seized the initiative at right back in the absence of Steve Cherundolo and Tim Chandler, while young center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler seem to have become the incumbent options in the middle of defense. … FOR: Garath McCleary (Reading), Jermaine Beckford (Leicester City), Theo Robinson (Derby County), Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps),…… DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA…
In defense, four center backs (Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Clarence Goodson) are fighting for two spots, not only on Wednesday but over the next month. … DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby),…
Tony Edwards asks about Sporting Kansas City early in the 2013 season, a change to Major League Soccer's rules, and the future of the away goal.
Justin Morrow, Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Alfredo Morales, and Will Bruin all made their debuts at full National Team level. … USA : 12-Sean Johnson; 3-Tony Beltran (21-Benny Feilhaber, 46), 5-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Matt Besler, 2-Justin Morrow; 6-Kyle Beckerman (capt.
The following is the list of protected players by team: Chivas USABornstein, JonathanBraun, JustinFlores, JorgePadilla, JesusGalindo, MaykelLahoud, MichaelKljestan, SachaNagamura,…
Matt Besler saw red with a second yellow for unsporting behavior in the 20th minute. … "It’s the turning point in the game," Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said of the second yellow to Besler.
2012: Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City…
DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 34/6),Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 11/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 22/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 15/0),…
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 22-Nick Rimando, 5-Matt Besler, 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Dax McCarty, 18-Jordan Morris, 21-Matt Hedges, 23-Fabian…
DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6),Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 11/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 3/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG;…
And when it matters, he’ll score the goals again.
Klinsmann has several proven options to fill that gap, starting with Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Michael Orozco, and Steve Birnbaum. … Besler is a left-footed option with a cerebral, calming demeanor.
USA: 22-William Yarbrough (12-David Bingham, 46); 21-Michael Orozco, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 6-Kellyn Acosta (13-Lynden Gooch, 59); 20-Perry Kitchen (14-Danny Williams, 64), 16- Sacha Kljestan, 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … Subs not used: 23-Tamati Williams, 3-Deklan Wynne, 10-Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 11-Rory Fallon, 16-Matt Ridenton
Matt Besler also left the squad after the early arrival of his baby daughter Parker. … "It’s amazing, it really is," Besler said after scoring a goal the day his daughter was born "It’s just hard to explain how I was feeling this morning.
Prelim list (15): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders…
DEF: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders…
USA: 12-Tim Howard, 16-Michael Orozco, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 3-Tim Ream (6-Darlington Nagbe, 68), 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley (capt. … Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 7-Miguel Ibarra, 8-Jordan Morris, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Brek Shea, 14-Matt Miazga, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 21-Alan…
At the heart of the defense, the complementary pair of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron provided a sturdy foundation. … “It was a very professional performance by our team,” Besler said.
DEF: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga…
"We were impressed with Matt Besler this past week," Klinsmann said. … Klinsmann released defender Matt Belser and goalkeeper William Yarbrough, calling in midfielder Michael Bradley, goalkeeper Sean Johnson, and forward Jordan Morris.
Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber assisted on Nemeth's winner, Feilhaber's second assist of the game. … "I don't know what this win says about the quality of the team, but it says a lot about the heart," Besler said.
The game ended 0-0, but was notable for Matt Besler earning his first cap. … Goalkeeper Matt Reis also earned his first cap.
DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. … United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C.
Prior to Saturday's game, Sporting Kansas City announced contract extensions for USMNT players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. … Darren Mattocks converted for Vancouver in the 73rd minute with Joao Plata equalizing for Real Salt Lake in the 81st minute. … And (Besler and Zusi) epitomize that.
With Altidore forced out with injury in the 21st minute and Matt Besler following at halftime, USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann lost two choices. … Klinsmann's defensive substitution at halftime when Besler couldn't continue meant a defensive adjustment for a team overly relying on defense.
Inevitably, the famous tournament cliché “group of death” cropped up – though Sporting center back Matt Besler declined to apply it to the USA's situation, noting how much coach Jurgen Klinsmann has done over the current cycle to prepare his troops for just these types of challenges. … Systems matter in the 2013 MLS Cup… “A lot of the friendlies that we've played over the past 12 months, they've been difficult opponents,” said Besler, “and the reason that we play those games is to build our confidence and experience for the World Cup.
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Right place, time for USA's Besler - from Fox Soccer's Matt Besler: “For me, I’ve been lucky that the timing has been right on a certain number of things.
In Kansas City, Peter Vermes and staff are ambitiously moving forward, acquiring Opara, US National Team player Benny Feilhaber; signing a new designated player; and re-signing Defender of the Year Matt Besler. … Montreal already has a ‘Director of Soccer Operations’ (Matt Jordan), a ‘Sporting Director’ (Nick De Santis), and an ‘Academy Director’ (Philippe Eullafroy).
San Jose Earthquakes teammates Alan Gordon and Steven Beitashour along with Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler could make their National Team debuts in the biggest game in CONCACAF. … Besler, a center back, could start given Onyewu’s absence, while Beitashour could feature at left back.
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Matt Besler has quietly but solidly manned left back for Kansas City. … But the Galaxy’s Donovan Ricketts and New England’s Matt Reis have faced far more shots and played behind a less-accomplished defense and are still posting low numbers.
A list of the USMNT World Cup squads and the players from 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.
Matt Besler contributed to Austin FC's first season after 12 years in Kansas City, retiring last season.
The key will be how Sporting moves on from the Matt Besler era in the backline. … The club brought in veteran Matt Besler as well as promising youngster Jhohan Romana, ex of Independiente Medellin and Club Guarani.
He'll be in front of center backs Matt Besler, the former Sporting Kansas City defender and USMNT player, and Jhohan Romana of Colombia who is new to the league.
MLSsoccer's Tom Bogert talks to Sporting KC's Matt Besler about attending the club's first game as a nine-year-old in 1996.