Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/18/13
Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler positioned himself to move to Europe at the end of last season. He performed on the field. He permitted his contract to run all the way down to its last days, clearing the way for any number of clubs to sign him on a free transfer. He even won MLS Defender of the Year honors to highlight his progression and his readiness for a larger challenge. Besler entered MLS with lofty ambitions to excel for club and country and honed his game to the point where he could fulfill all of them. Instead of grasping the opportunity to leave when he could and testing himself overseas for a much larger payday, he followed another path: he decided to remain in Kansas City. "At the end of the day, I wanted to put myself in the best situation to be successful," said Besler, a native of nearby Overland Park, Kan. "That was the attitude and the approach that I took. I weighed the four or five options that I had. At the end of the day, it really wasn't even close....
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