"Of course, I want to play every minute of every game, but that's not reality. I'm not perfect. Name one player in the world who's played every game in their career. It doesn't happen. As I enter the
last few years of my career, if I have to answer questions about not playing every single time I'm not in the lineup, I might go crazy."
-- Sporting Kansas City
defender Matt Besler
on his absence from the lineup for the last two games at MLS is Back, where Graham Smith
has taken Besler's spot alongside newcomer Roberto Puncec
in the middle of the backline. Sporting KC enters Thursday's quarterfinal match against Philadelphia with back-to-back shutouts. Besler, 33, has played 288 MLS games in 12 seasons in Kansas City. (@MattBesler