Overland Park native Matt Besler signs new deal with Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Sporting KC's hometown star will be coming back next season.

Matt Besler has a new contract with Sporting KC. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Kansas City is my home," Besler said. "This organization is fantastic, I love all my teammates and the fans are the best around. My goal to help bring championships to Kansas City has never wavered and I am ecstatic to re-sign with the club. I promise to continue to work hard and serve this team and community through my actions on and off the field."

The 25-year-old Besler was just named Major League Soccer Defender of the Year. He hails from Overland Park, Kan., and graduated from Blue Valley West High School.

"Matt not only developed into a very important piece of our team, but also into a strong leadership role within the group," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "Obviously this was a very high priority to get done and we are very, very pleased we were able to retain him as he is a key piece to our puzzle and a great asset for the successes of our team."

Besler anchored a Sporting KC defense that allowed just 27 goals in 34 games. That was the fewest goals in the league.

The left-footed centerback is active in the KC community. He raised nearly $10,000 during a 10-week Man of the Year campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He also serves as a spokesperson for the Child Protection Center and Child Advocacy Center.

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