HOW ACQUIRED: Signed from Real Monarchs on August 24, 2017.
Like his brother, Sporting Kansas City and US national team center back Matt, Besler, Nick is tremendous at breaking up attacks as a defensive midfielder, but he also has a keen distributive eye and the willingness to step into the attack and polish its rougher edges.
OUTSIDE MLS: Besler, 23, started 22 matches with three goals and one assist in 2017 for the Monarchs, who lead the USL with a record of 16-3-4. He was selected as captain by Mike Petke prior to the season opener and maintained that position under Monarchs coach Mark Briggs when Petke was promoted to RSL coach. Prior, he spent two seasons on loan to Portland Timbers 2 in the USL. With T2, he played 50 matches over two seasons, including 24 in 2016, when he scored his first professional goal against the Swope Park Rangers in the season opener.
COLLEGE: Besler’s career at Notre Dame has few equals. In four years, the dedicated holding midfielder made 72 appearances and was the beating heart of the defensive midfield that led the stingy Irish to the 2013 national championship.
NOTES: No. 5 overall pick in 2015 SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers.