The United States have taken the role of underdogs and ran with it in this World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men came into this tournament as rank outsiders that no-one really gave a hope of qualifying. They now sit on four points thanks to their never say die spirit and none in the squad have displayed that mentality more than centre-back Matt Besler.
The Sporting Kansas City defender has put in three halves of incredible defending against Ghana and Portugal which could see him potentially earn himself a transfer to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, according to MLS Transfers.
Harry Redknapp tried to bring the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year into Loftus Road 18 months ago but was rejected by Besler, who wanted to have another crack at winning the MLS Cup with KC before he left. The Captain and Kansas City managed just that on December 7th of 2013 with a penalty shootout victory over Real Salt Lake to claim the team's first title since rebranding from the Kansas City Wizards, a mere 13 year gap.
“Kansas City is my home. This organization is fantastic, I love all my teammates and the fans are the best around,” Besler said after rejecting the offer from QPR among others in 2012. But after an excellent World Cup that has lasted longer than England’s, and the London team gaining promotion back into the top flight, it seems certain that he wouldn’t reject an approach this time around.
WORLD CUP DOMINANCE
Despite conceding twice to the Portuguese, Besler was in dominant form on the Arena da Amazonia pitch in the heart of the Manaus jungle. The 27-year old helped to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet for 94 minutes and 40 seconds as well as reducing Braga forward Eder to little more than a spectator, showcasing his strength in the air, speed on the ground, and most noticeable of all - his incredible reading of the game. Besler had 12 clearances and five interceptions in the game, amazing considering that no-one else on the entire field had more than five.
“It’s disappointing the way the game ended,” Besler said to the Kansas City Star. “We could taste the second round. We were right there.
“But you can’t fault anybody’s effort. We left everything we had on the field. I’m so damn proud to be part of this team (and) to be an American right now.”
His displays haven’t gone unnoticed and we could now be well on the way to seeing a lot more than him in England after the tournament in Brazil ends.
You can check out a video of Besler's MLS performances that won him Defender of the Year here...