Matt Besler

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Matt Besler
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Matt Besler (2012)
Surname Matthew Scott Besler
birthday February 11, 1987
place of birth Overland Park , KansasUSA
size 183 cm
position Defense
Years station
2005-2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Years station Games (goals) 1
2009– Sporting Kansas City 248 (3)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2006 USA U-20 1 (0)
2013– United States 47 (1)
1 Only league games are given.
As of August 26, 2018

2 As of October 11, 2017

Matthew Scott "Matt" Besler (born February 11, 1987 in Overland Park , Kansas ) is an American football player .



Besler played college soccer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend , Indiana from 2005 . With Notre Dame he was able to move into the NCAA Championship four times in a row, in 2006 and 2007 only came out in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Major League Soccer

Besler was in the MLS Super Draft 2009 in the first round by then under Kansas City Wizards occurring club drafted . He made his first appearance on March 28, 2009 against the Colorado Rapids .

In 2011 Besler was voted into the MLS All-Star Game by fan vote, in 2012 he won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with Sporting and was voted Defender of the Year and Team of the Year by the MLS. In the 2013 season , winning the MLS Cup also followed with Sporting Kansas City.

National team

After a brief stint in the U-20s, Besler made his debut with the national team on January 29, 2013 against Canada . Although Besler was initially not included in the team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013 , he was nominated after the group stage. In the final the USA won against Panama 1-0, Besler played through from the start.

On May 22, 2014 Besler was nominated by trainer Jürgen Klinsmann in the World Cup squad for the 2014 World Cup .


His younger brother, Nick Besler , plays for the Portland Timbers .

Web links

Commons : Matt Besler  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Player profile of Matt Besler on the website of Sporting Kansas City, accessed June 1, 2014
  2. Matt Besler - 2012 Defender of the Year , video on
  3. Gold Cup: Omar Gonzalez, Alan Gordon, Matt Besler, Eddie Johnson added to USMNT roster , article on from July 17, 2013