Daily Domer Staff | Jul. 29, 2013
The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 1-0 on a second half goal from substitute Brek Shea to win the championship of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and Matt Besler '09 was on the pitch to make it happen.
Besler - the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year and a Notre Dame men's soccer alumnus - was a stalwart defensive presence from his center back position. Besler started the game for the U.S. Men's National Team, and will be starting in his centerback position for Wednesday's MLS All-Star game against Italian team AS Roma.
From the Kansas City Star: Matt Besler's long road to the top of U.S. soccer
From Sports Illustrated: Besler now a mainstay for U.S. defense
From The New York Times: Besler Elbows His Way Onto U.S. Team
From Irish UNDerground: Playing for Uncle Sam's Army