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Matt Besler

27-Year-Old Defender     Sporting Kansas City  MLS


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Birthdate:  February 11, 1987    Birthplace:  Overland Park, Kansas    Nationality:  USA    Height:  6' 0"    

July 20, 2014    Matt Besler News

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Besler signed a long-term designated player contract with Sporting KC on Saturday, the club's official web site reports.

Besler had been heavily linked to a number of European clubs this summer, but has instead opted to remain with his hometown club. A lot of the talk about a potential move to Sunderland or Fulham seemed to be about his salary, which had him as the 32nd-highest paid defender in Major League Soccer. Thanks to a solid World Cup for the US Men's National Team, Besler will get the raise he deserves while being able to stay at home.

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July 18, 2014

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Besler, who has drawn interest from Fulham and Sunderland this summer, prefers to sign a long-term deal with Sporting KC, the Kansas City Star reports.

Besler always seemed a little hesitant about a move to Europe, constantly saying how much he enjoys playing for his hometown club. A move overseas would likely give him a significant raise over the $200,000 he currently makes, which puts him as the 32nd-highest paid defender in MLS.

July 16, 2014

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Besler said on WHB 810 AM that Fulham have submitted a bid to Sporting KC for him, and Sunderland is preparing to submit one, the Kansas City Star reports.

Besler said recently that he would be willing to consider a move to Europe after a solid World Cup, and it appears that he's gotten multiple offers, with a Bundesliga side also expected to inquire about his availability. It will take a transfer fee to move him from his hometown club, but there's plenty of money on the east side of the Atlantic to bring him over.

July 6, 2014

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Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said Sunday that he believes Besler could push for a transfer to the English Premier League or Germany's Bundesliga, the Kansas City Star reports.

Besler is coming off a solid World Cup for the United States, and while he currently plays for his hometown club, the draw of playing in Europe may be too strong for the 27-year-old to ignore. The Star noted that Besler's $200,000 salary this season makes him the 32nd-highest paid defender in Major League Soccer, which could be reason enough to leave for a bigger money deal in Europe.

June 19, 2014

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Besler, who was pulled at halftime of Monday's World Cup match against Ghana due to a hamstring injury, is expected to play Sunday against Portugal, USA Today reports.

Besler was replaced Monday by John Brooks, who ended up scoring the game-winning goal against Ghana in the 86th minute. If Besler is fit enough to play Sunday, he will likely be in the starting XI again.

June 17, 2014

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Besler, who suffered a slight hamstring injury Monday against Ghana, is expected to play Sunday against Portugal, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

Besler was replaced at halftime in favor of John Brooks, who ended up scoring the game-winning goal Monday. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann described Besler as "no problem" for Sunday, which means he'll likely be in the starting XI once again.

June 16, 2014

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Besler was removed at halftime of the USA's World Cup opener against Ghana on Monday due to a hamstring injury.

Besler appeared to hold the back of his leg late in the first half, but was able to make it to halftime. John Brooks replaced Besler to mark his first international appearance for the United States.

March 26, 2011

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Besler scored the first goal of his MLS career in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Chicago.

Besler is a Notre Dame guy who is originally from the Kansas City area. He won't score a ton, but those two facts right there will make him a fan favorite in KC.