A living legend on and off the field has ended his remarkable 12-year stint at Sporting Kansas City.
Matt Besler, a World Cup veteran and former MLS Best XI selection who has won four major championships with his hometown club, is now out of contract at Sporting.
For more than a decade, Besler spearheaded Sporting's backline and blossomed into one of Major League Soccer's best and most accomplished players. The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year would go on to feature regularly for the United States Men's National Team, winning two Gold Cups and representing his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
As for his accomplishments at Sporting, Besler's resume looms large: three U.S. Open Cup titles accompany the 2013 MLS Cup championship, with the center back playing an instrumental role as the club's captain for seven seasons. Besler is Sporting's all-time leader in appearances, starts and minutes played, and his legacy as a club ambassador and Kansas City hero will last forever.
In the space below, the Sporting community expresses thanks to one of the best to ever wear the Sporting uniform. #ThankYouBes