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Matt Besler
Men's National Team

Matt Besler

Defender Caps/Goals - 47/1
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    6-0 / 170

  • Hometown

    Overland Park, Kan.

  • Club

    Sporting Kansas City

A commanding, intelligent center back, Besler broke into the U.S. MNT in 2013 after four impressive seasons in MLS with his hometown club Sporting Kansas City. After a good showing at the team’s January Camp in Houston, U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed Besler his first cap in a friendly against Canada. The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year then distinguished himself in the USA’s 0-0 draw against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, helping the team earn its first ever point in World Cup qualifying at the formidable venue. In total, Besler made 12 appearances for the U.S. in his first year with the team, starting 11 matches and his 996 minutes played were second on the team among defenders only to center back partner Omar Gonzalez. 


  • Has played and started in 10 matches in 2014, including all four games of the FIFA World Cup 
  • In total, Besler made 11 starts for the U.S. in central defense in 2013, and 12 appearances in all, including six of the ten World Cup qualifiers, and the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of this summer’s Gold Cup, which the USMNT won at the end of July
  • Helped the team showcase it regional dominance by anchoring a defense that did not allow a goal on home soil as it finished atop the group in the final round of World Cup Qalifying for the 2013 tournament in Brazil
  • Prior to 2013, he had zero caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team 
  • Called into January 2013 camp, he debuted in a 0-0 friendly against Canada on January 29 
  • He did receive a call-up for a friendly in Mexico in August 2012, but didn’t play that game
  • His World Cup qualifying debut came on March 26 at the Azteca, where he picked up just his second cap 
  • Besler is only the second player to receive a WCQ start with less than two prior Caps 
2015: Played all 90 minutes of the first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round against St. Vincent and the Grenadines... 2014: Has played and started in 10 matches in 2014, including all four games of the FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Began his U.S. MNT career with a good showing at the team’s January camp in Houston, where he then received his first cap in a friendly against Canada … Started 11 of the 12 matches he appeared in, including six World Cup Qualifiers, helping the U.S. keep a sterling defensive record by not allowing a goal on home soil and qualify for the FIFA World Cup atop the Hex for the third cycle running … Parachuted in to partner Clarence Goodson in the final three matches of the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown … First Appearance: Jan. 29, vs. Canada … First GoalNone
2013: Played every minute of SKC’s five-match playoff run to the MLS Cup title … Appeared in 23 regular season matches for SKC, notching two assists … Started two of the team’s four CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches … 2012: Started 30 of 31 matches played on the way to being named MLS Defender of the Year and to the MLS Best XI … Also played in all five of SKC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, converting his shot in the team’s PK shoot-out win against Seattle … 2011: Had a break out year, playing the full 90 minutes in all 32 matches in which he featured … Scored his first MLS goal on March 26 vs. Chicago and his second was the game-winner against D.C. United on Oct. 22 that secured SKC top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs … Voted an MLS All-Star for the first time … 2010: Started 10 of 12 matches he played in, solidifying his path to becoming SKC’s starting center back … 2009: Started 26 of 28 matches played in as a rookie both as a right back and center back …
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