Matt Besler

Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Defender
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Real Name: Matt Besler
HT: 6' 0" WT: 170
Designated Player
Age: 31 (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. Signed a long-term Designated Player contract with the club in July 2014.

PRONUNCIATION: BEEZ-ler

The club's captain and a Kansas City native grew up attending Sporting Kansas City matches. Now in his 10th season with his hometown club, the left-footed Besler is considered one of the best defenders in MLS and in recent years has been regularly called up to the US national team.

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 26, 2013 World Cup Qualifier, and helped the team to a 0-0 draw on the road at the Estadio Azteca.

Besler has developed into a quality option for the USMNT. He started all four games at the 2014 World Cup. He has also featured at the 2013 and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

COLLEGE: Played four 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 three times, playing in 90 games (73 starts) during his college career. Helped Notre Dame gain four straight berths to the NCAA College Cup tournament, including the program's first two trips to the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007.

NOTES: MLS Defender of the Year in 2012... Named to the MLS Best XI in both 2012 and 2013... Five-time MLS All-Star (2011, 2013-2016).


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2018Sporting Kansas City25250220521017020
2017Sporting Kansas City26260233944122220
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-2512453220361742102178312
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