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Matt Besler on his Contract Year, Playing for Another Team and New Teammates

We catch up with Besler as preseason comes to an end.

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With preseason closing out this past weekend The Blue Testament had a chance for a quick (windy) chat with the Kansas City native and Team Captain, Matt Besler. The Sporting Kansas City center back hit on a few quick topics.

Contract Year

Much like we asked midfielder Roger Espinoza about his contract year, we had to ask Bes the same thing.

“I’m putting everything I have into this year,” Besler started. “Whatever happens after next year, happens. So far I feel great. This has been a strong preseason for everyone.”

As always though, it’s about results. Besler’s willing to let his play determine his next deal.

“I’m really looking forward to starting up and hopefully having a big year,” said Besler. “If you take care of that, play well and the team plays well and has success then all the contract stuff works itself out.”

Playing for Another Team

In a surprising move this offseason, future Sporting KC Legend and long-time Matt Besler teammate, Seth Sinovic signed with another team. He joined the New England Revolution after Sporting declined his option in the offseason. We had to ask Matt if he could possibly see himself doing something like that.

“That’s a tough question,” began Besler. “Never say never because you honestly don’t know what’s going to happen, especially in professional sports. I would hope that I don’t have to voice how I feel about this club and how I feel about Kansas City. Everybody knows that. It should be obvious by now. We’ll see what happens.”

Playing Until 40

It’s all the rage these days for athletes to take incredible care of themselves and extend their professional careers beyond the limits. Besler just turned 33, but we asked if he’d play until 40.

“40,” exclaimed Besler. “We’ll see, we’ll see. Tom Brady is making it tough on everybody... Body wise, mentality wise, I feel great.”

Full Interview

It was that windy day, so the audio isn’t perfect, but Besler also talks about his new teammates Winston Reid and Roberto Puncec, who may ultimately be battling to start next to him or to steal his job outright.

For those wondering, it’s Albert Elis who is talking to him as the video starts. What a sportsman being so nice to your rival team — the Houston Dynamo.