Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/9/13
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Soccer careers are, without fail, a product of time and place. All the talent in the world won't get you anywhere if you don't get your blend of timing and luck just right. Yet perhaps no player currently on the US men's national team has been the beneficiary of coincidence as much as central defender Matt Besler has. "Absolutely, I'll be the first to admit that for you to advance in your career a lot of things have to fall the right way," the 26-year-old, who plays for his hometown Sporting Kansas City, said in his slow, quiet and deliberate brogue. "For me, I've been lucky that the timing has been right on a certain number of things." Two years ago, when Jurgen Klinsmann took over the national team program, Besler was merely a solid Major League Soccer defender, three seasons out of the University of Notre Dame. Last year, he won the league's Defender of the Year award, yet by this March, his only appearance for the US had come in the annual low-key post-January camp friendly. T...
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