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“Stop all the clocks”: A Matt Besler, Captain Sporting Kansas City Reflection

Memories remain after Captain Matt Besler’s departure from Sporting Kansas City

Thad Bell

It happened at 2:15pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the piano, and with muffled drum

… let the mourners come...

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.

For nothing now can ever come to any good.”

“Stop all the clocks” by W. H. Auden

No. It was certainly not as meaningful as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, as impactful as the 40th Anniversary of John Lennon’s death: the monumental events that happened the two days before.

But to Sporting Kansas City fans, it was everything at the moment. A moment where time was wanted to halt. A time to reflect. A time to mourn. A time to appreciate, again. Time needed to realize Matt Besler would not again be in Sporting blue, would not retire with his hometown team. The one he child hooded in, matured in, became a star, an idol, and an example in.


Coming soon... some of staff’s best and favorite memories of Matt Besler’s career with Sporting Kansas City on and off the field in “Stop all the Clocks”: A Matt Besler, Captain Kansas City Reflection

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