Soccer Alum Stands Tall

Jeff Carlisle | Mar. 27, 2013 | ESPN Soccer

Matt Besler '09 plays Mexico in soccer

MEXICO CITY -- As the U.S. national team warmed up for its final practice prior to Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico, defender Clarence Goodson made what had to be an agonizing decision. He went up to manager Jurgen Klinsmann and declared that the hamstring injury that had been bothering him since Friday's win over Costa Rica wouldn't allow him to start.

Klinsmann was then left to pair Omar Gonzalez -- who entered the match with only five caps -- with the even less experienced Matt Besler. There seemed no way that the two international neophytes would be able to stop the likes of Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, attacking midfielder Giovani Dos Santos and winger Andres Guardado.

Yet the pair -- with some help from outside backs Geoff Cameron and DaMarcus Beasley -- delivered a performance for the ages, helping the U.S. garner a 0-0 tie as well as a precious point in the World Cup qualifying standings.

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