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Sporting’s former captain and KC native has signed for the expansion side.

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Sporting Kansas City’s former captain, Matt Besler has officially joined a new club as it was announced today that Besler has signed for expansion side Austin FC. He joins two former Kansas City players, both former teammates of Beser. Austin’s head coach is Sporting Legend, Josh Wolff and one of Wolff’s assistants is former captain Davy Arnaud. Besler is a good addition for the expansion side and will be looked on to be a leader for the team on the field in their expansion season. He very well could be named the club’s first captain as well. It’s sad news that Besler has signed though because even though he’d said his goodbye to Sporting and Sporting said their thank yous to Besler the actual announcement of his signing still hits the same way it did when those goodbyes were made. There will certainly be some questions to ask regarding his pace and what level he can play at, but given the right system he can still certainly play a role for an MLS team in 2021.

In other news this week, former Sporting midfielder, Soni Mustivar has a new club, as he’s left Romania and joined Nea Salamina in the Cyproit First Division. Former KC midfielder, Toni Dovale played for the club in 2018-2019 as well. Here’s the rest of this week’s update.

Key

SKC - former Sporting KC players

ACA - former Sporting KC academy players

KC - Kansas City area players

SPR - former Swope Park Rangers/Sporting KC II players

COL - local college players

Comets - former Comets players

FCKC - former FC Kansas City players

Note: Players under contract to Sporting Kansas City at this time are not included on this list, the exception being players loaned outside of Kansas City.

International

Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Season postponed until March.

Rassambek Akhmatov (SPR) - Comuna Recea - Romania - No game until 2/20.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Did not dress in either of Olimpia’s games.

Alexsander (SPR) - Vitoria - Brazil - Did not dress in Vitoria’s 1-1 draw with Operario PR.

Ayyoub Allach (SPR) - KSK Lierse Kem. - Belgium - No game until 1/22.

Emiliano Amor (SKC) - Velez Sarsfield - Argentina - Did not dress in Sarsfield’s 1-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys.

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Oygarden - Norway - Offseason.

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC) - AC Kajaani - Finland - Offseason.

Sagir Arce (KC) - Mazatlan FC - Mexico - No game until 1/8.

Ayrton (SPR) - Mantois 78 - France - No game until 2/13.

Will Bagrou (SKC) - Stadl-Paura - Austria - No game until 3/5.

Botond Barath (SKC) - Honved - Hungary - No game until 1/22.

Jose Barragan (SPR) - La Serena - Chile - Did not dress in La Serena’s 1-1 draw with O’Higgins.

Federico Bessone (SKC) - Inter Club d’Escaldes - Andorra - No game until 1/20.

Claudio Bieler (SKC) - Atletico Rafaela - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes in Atletico’s 2-0 loss to Defensores de Belgrano.

Tiffany Cameron (FCKC) - Ferencvaros - Hungary - No game until 3/12.

Thierry Catherine (SPR) - AS Samaritaine - Martinique - No game this week.

Sunil Chhetri (SKC) - Bengaluru - India - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Bengaluru’s 3-1 loss to Mumbai City.

Killian Colombie (SPR) - Aldershot Town - England - Did not dress in Aldershot’s 1-0 win over Woking.

Rachel Corsie (NWSL-KC) - Birmingham City (loan) - England - No game until 1/10.

Yohan Croizet (SKC) - OH Leuven - Belgium - No game this week.

Renae Cuellar (FCKC) - Tijuana - Mexico - No game until 1/9.

Daneil Cyrus (SKC) - Mohun Bagan - India - Season postponed.

Marcel de Jong (SKC) - Pacific FC - Canada - Offseason.

Amer Didic (SKC) - Edmonton - Canada - Offseason.

Steven Enna (ACA) - FC Fredericia - Denmark - No game until 2/12.

Mario Erpel (COL-Park) - General Velasquez - Chile - Did not dress in General Velasquez’s 6-0 win over Linares Unido.

Pablo Escobar (SKC) - Real Cartagena FC - Colombia - Offseason.

Amanda Frisbie (FCKC) - Madrid CFF - Spain - No game this week.

Nicholas Gioacchini (KC) - Caen - France - Started and played 74 minutes in Caen’s 1-1 draw with Auxerre.

Katrina Gorry (FCKC) - Avaldsnes IL - Norway - Offseason.

Johnny Grant (SPR) - Forge - Canada - Offseason.

Nicolas Hasler (SKC) - Thun - Switzerland - No game until 1/23.

Darian Jenkins (NWSL-KC) - Bordeaux (loan) - France - No game until 1/17.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - No game this week.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Offseason.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - No game this week.

Tiffany McCarty (FCKC) - Selfoss - Iceland - Offseason.

Eric McWoods (COL-UMKC) - Balzan FC - Malta - No game this week.

William Opoku Mensah (SPR) - Asante Kotoko - Ghana - No game this week.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - TJ Jednota Banova - Slovakia - No game until 3/27.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Nea Salamia - Cyprus - Came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Salamia’s 4-3 win over Daxo Katokopias.

Kevin Oliveira (SKC) - Daxo Katokopias - Cyprus - Did not dress in Daso’s 4-3 loss to Nea Salamis.

Luis Olivera (SPR) - Fenix de Pilar - Argentina - Did not dress in Fenix’s 1-1 draw with Deportivo Armenio.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - Austria Vienna (Manchester City) - Austria (England) - No game until 1/23.

Rokas Pukstas (ACA) - Hajduk Split - Croatia - No game until 1/23.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - Vikingur Reykjavik - Iceland - No game until 2/12.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - No game until 1/20.

Brianne Reed (FCKC) - FC Nordsjaelland - Denmark - Offseason.

Winston Reid (SKC) - West Ham - England - Did not dress in West Ham’s 1-0 win over Everton.

Soony Saad (SKC) - Ansan Greeners - South Korea - Offseason.

Rodrigo Saravia (SPR) - Comunicaciones - Guatemala - Started and played 90 minutes in Comunicaciones’ 0-0 draw with Antigua GFC.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - SSVg Velbert 02 - Germany - No game until 1/23.

Nansel Selbol (SKC) - NK BSK Bijelo Brdo - Croatia - No game until 2/14.

Abby Small (KC) - Dinamo Minsk - Belarus - Offseason.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Morecambe FC - England - No game this week.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Port - Thailand - No game this week.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - FK Vozdovac - Serbia - No game until 2/5.

Mallory Weber (NWSL-KC) - Adelaide United (loan) - Australia - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Adelaide’s 4-3 loss to Canberra United.

Ze Pedro (SPR) - Beira-Mar - Portugal - No game this week.

Indoor

Alvaro Beltran (COL-Mid-American) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Mitchell Cardenas (SKC) - Mesquite - Mesquite sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Kevin Ellis (SKC) - Kansas City - Scored three goals in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Ignacio Flores (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Gui Gomes (COL-Benedictine) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Adam James (KC) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Mike Jones (SKC) - Dallas - Played in Dallas’ 8-5 loss to KC.

Robert Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Rodolfo Lopes (COL-Park) - Orlando - Orlando sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Nick McDonald (KC) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - Kansas City - Scored a goal in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Alex Megson (Comets) - Tacoma - No game until 1/22.

Lou Misner (KC) - Kansas City - Dressed but did not play in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Ramone Palmer (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Had a goal and an assist in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Boris Pardo (SKC) - San Diego - No game until 1/29.

Guerrero Pino (COL-UMKC) - San Diego - No game until 1/29.

Brett Petricek (Comets) - St. Louis - Did not play in either of St. Louis’ games.

Travis Pittman (Comets) - San Diego - No game until 1/29.

Henry Ramirez (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Mirko Sandivari (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Mark Saxby (KC) - Kansas City - Did not play in the Comets’ 8-5 win over Dallas.

Hector Solorio (ACA) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

John Sosa (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - Had an assist in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

Lucas Sousa (COL-Park)- Kansas City - Had 2 goals and an assist in KC’s 8-5 win over Dallas.

James Togbah (Comets) - Utica - First game not announced yet.

Danny Waltman (Comets) - Tacoma - No game until 1/22.

Kiel Williams (COL-Park) - Flordia - Did not play in either of Florida’s games.

MLS

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Cincinnati - Offseason.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - Nashville - Offseason.

Matt Besler (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Offseason.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - Offseason.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - Offseason.

Eric Dick (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - Offseason.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - Offseason.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Jimmy Medranda (SKC) - Seattle - Offseason.

Krisztian Nemeth (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - Offseason.

Gedion Zelalem (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Adrian Zendejas (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

NWSL

Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - Offseason.

Shea Groom (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Jaycie Johnson (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Sydney Leroux (FCKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Merritt Mathias (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Addisyn Merrick (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Kristie Mewis (FCKC) - Houston - Offseason.

Sinclaire Miramontez (KC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Sydney Miramontez (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Dominique Richardson (FCKC) - Sky Blue - Offseason.

Katelyn Rowland (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Becky Sauerbrunn (FCKC) - Portland - Offseason.

USL Championship

Dakota Barnathan (SPR) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Hadji Barry (SPR) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Rennico Clarke (SPR) - Charleston - Offseason.

Jake Davis (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Liam Doyle (SPR) - San Antonio - Offseason.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Christian Herrera (SPR) - Tacoma - Offseason.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Ryan James (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - Offseason.

Dane Kelly (SPR) - Charlotte - Offseason.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Zac Lubin (SPR) - Phoenix - Offseason.

Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (SPR) - San Diego - Offseason.

Lebo Moloto (SPR) - Tulsa - Offseason.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Indy - Offseason.

Kaveh Rad (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Bryam Rebellon (SPR) - El Paso - Offseason.

Mark Segbers (SPR) - Memphis - Offseason.

Matheus Silva (SPR) - Hartford - Offseason.

Tucker Stephenson (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Brooks Thompson (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Ciaran Winters (ACA) - Tulsa - Offseason.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Offseason.

Sal Zizzo (SKC) - San Diego - Offseason.

USL1

Louis Bennett II (SPR) - Madison - Offseason.

Servando Carrasco (SKC) - Fort Lauderdale - Offseason.

Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Greenville - Offseason.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Ethan Vanacore-Decker (SPR) - Omaha - Offseason.

NISA

Michael Kafari (SKC) - Detroit - Offseason.

Seo-In Kim (ACA) - Oakland - Offseason.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Active without a club or unknown

Joe Amico (ACA)

Bernardo Anor (SKC)

Ezra Armstrong (ACA)

Camilo Benitez (ACA)

Tyler Blackwood (SPR)

Andre Braithwaite (Comets)

Jorge Claros (SKC)

Nuno Coelho (SKC)

Aurelien Collin (SKC)

Hakim Diaw (ACA)

Toni Dovale (SKC)

Dom Dwyer (SKC)

Luis Gil (SKC)

Anthony Grant (Comets)

David Greczek (SKC)

Kyle Greig (KC)

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA)

Peterson Joseph (SKC)

Kei Kamara (SKC)

James Kasak (SKC)

Wan Kuzain (SKC)

Will Little (ACA)

Charlie Lyon (SKC)

James Marcelin (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Franky Martinez (SKC)

Molly Menchel (FCKC)

Robert Mirosavic (SPR)

Alex Molano (SKC)

Fredinho Mompremier (SPR)

Yura Movsisyan (SKC)

James Musa (SKC)

Robert Palmer (COL-Park)

Sam Raben (SPR)

Camden Riley (SKC)

Kelyn Rowe (SKC)

Max Rugova (ACA)

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC)

Ray Saari (KC)

Richard Sanchez (SKC)

CJ Sapong (SKC)

Dillon Serna (SPR)

Odaine Sinclair (COL-Baker)

Seth Sinovic (SKC)

Stefan St. Louis (Comets)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Jaret Townsend (SKC)

Duval Wapiwo (SPR)

Tiffany Weimer (FCKC)

Zach Wright (SKC)