USMNT’s Matt Besler A Target For Bundesliga Side SC Freiburg
United State’s Men’s National Team’s Matt Besler is said to be receiving multiple offers from both European and English clubs after a solid performance for the United States in the 2014 World Cup. Reports in Kicker Magazine indicate SC Freiburg is a likely destination for the Sporting Kansas City man. Besler has recently returned from World Cup duty to Major League Soccer but is looking at other offers, “I think that I’ve made it very clear how happy that I am in Kansas City, how grateful I am to play here. That hasn’t changed at all. At the same time, in the position that I’m in right now, you may only get these kinds of opportunities once in your lifetime,” said Besler to the media after returning to Sporting after the World Cup.
SKC is eagle to keep Besler at Sporting Park, “I’d put our club up against the majority of clubs in the world. Obviously, we maybe don’t compare in the fact that we don’t have the same pocketbook they do, because of our salary cap,” as said by Peter Vermes SKC’s manager.
As former MLS defender of the year, Besler has made 135 appearances for Kansas City scoring two goals after being drafted by the Wizards in 2009. He was also voted to the MLS All-Star XI in 2013 by the league’s fans.
Besler became a regular starter in the USMNT’s line-up in 2013 after Jurgen Klinsmann called him up for a friendly match against Canada at the beginning of the year. He was one of the USMNT’s most consistent performers during the CONCACAF qualification matches for the 2014 World Cup. Besler also started all four games during the United States campaign in Brazil and was considered reliable and an ever present threat on set pieces in addition to being solid defensively. He was injured against Ghana in the opener and was replaced at halftime by John Brooks who eventually scored the winning goal.
But Besler recovered starting the final two group matches and the Round of 16 clash with Belgium. With his strong defending and positioning sense he created an impression that has caught the eye of several European teams.