Matt Besler

Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Real Name: Matt Besler
HT: 6' 0" WT: 170
Designated Player
Age: 30 (02/11/1987)
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
Hometown: Overland Park, KS

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected 8th overall in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. 


A club captain who grew up attending Sporting Kansas City Games, Besler is one of the best defenders in MLS. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, no defender in the league has completed more passes than Besler's 3,144. Besler was named to the MLS Best XI in both 2012 and 2013, and has been a four time MLS All-Star, including recognition in the last three successive seasons. Besler was named MLS defender of the year in 2012. In the 2015 season, he lead Sporting Kansas City with 38 starts in all competitions. A pillar of the league, Besler earned a Designated Player Contract in 2014 and Coach Vermes is counting on him to lead SKC's quest for titles in 2016, and many years beyond.

INTERNATIONAL: Besler was first called up to the full US National Team in 2012, but did not see the field until January, 2013. He started against Mexico in the key March 26th, 2013 World Cup Qualifier, and helped the team to a 0-0 draw on the road. Besler has developed into a mainstay for the National team, including starting all four games in the 2014 World Cup. He will be looking to add to his 32 caps throughout what could be a very busy 2016. 

COLLEGE: Played 4 seasons at the University of Notre Dame, receiving All-American and Academic All-American honors as a senior. Named the NSCAA 2008 Senior College Men's Scholar All-America Player of the Year. Was named to the All Big East Team 3 times, playing in 90 games (73 starts) during his college career. Finished college career with 5 goals and 7 assists. Helped Notre Dame gain 4 straight berths to the NCAA Championship, including the program's first 2 trips to the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007.


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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2017Sporting Kansas City3302700000100
2016Sporting Kansas City18171154613114040
2015Sporting Kansas City32320283030028051
2014Sporting Kansas City24240214514037041
2013Sporting Kansas City23230207026018120
2012Sporting Kansas City31300276927126130
2011Sporting Kansas City323222880210323020
2010Kansas City Wizards12100101604313120
2009Kansas City Wizards28260223603119350
Career Totals-203197317762113791787272
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