Andrew Owens | July 18, 2014 | Blue and Gold Illustrated
Unlike many of his United States teammates on a squad that reached the knockout round of the World Cup, Matt Besler never dreamed he would ever perform on the globe’s largest stage while growing up in Overland Park, Kan. Soccer had always been more than just a hobby, but never did he imagine that he would compete with family and friends on hand while he represented his country in Brazil.
“I was just worried about and dreaming about becoming a professional soccer player,” Besler said. “I didn’t care where I played or what team I played on. I just wanted to play and become a professional athlete. Once that happened, that’s when I refocused some of my goals and I would say making the World Cup team became a reality probably maybe two or three years into my professional career.”