After 12 seasons with his hometown team, Sporting KC, Matt Besler
has signed as an MLS free agent with expansion Austin FC.
Besler, 33, won one MLS Cup and three U.S. Open Cup titles with Sporting KC. He lost his starting job late in the 2020 season and played just 10 games, the fewest in his 12 MLS seasons.
He earned 47 caps for the USA, starting all four games at the 2014 World Cup and winning two Gold Cup titles. He was MLS Defender of the Year in 2012 and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2012 and 2013.
Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna
: “We are pleased to add a proven defender to the squad that fits the profile we are looking for in a player. Matt’s unique blend of leadership and competitive experience is valuable combination of strengths, and we are excited to have him continue his career in Austin.”
Besler is Austin FC's fifth free agent signing after Diego Fagundez
(New England), Hector Jimenez
(Columbus), Brad Stuver
(NYCFC) and Andrew Tarbell
(Columbus). Austin FC Roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Brady Scott
(Nashville SC), Brad Stuver
(NYCFC), Andrew Tarbell
(Columbus Crew). Defenders (5): Matt Besler
(Sporting KC), Julio Cascante
(Portland Timbers), Nick Lima
(San Jose Earthquakes), Jhohan Romana
(Guarani, Paraguay), Ben Sweat
(Inter Miami). Midfielders (5): Diego Fagundez
(New England Revolution), Hector Jimenez
(Columbus Crew), Alex Ring
(NYCFC), Ulises Segura
(D.C. United), Jared Stroud
(NY Red Bulls). Forwards (3): Cecilio Dominguez
(Independiente, Argentina), Jon Gallagher
(Atlanta United), Rodney Redes
(Guarani, Paraguay). Also:
Danny Hoesen (rights acquired from San Jose Earthquakes in Expansion Draft, opted out of Re-Entry Draft).
Joe Corona (Houston Dynamo). Traded:
Kamal Miller (Montreal Impact).