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SKC's Besler called to USMNT, will miss Saturday's match

18 July 8:52 am

SKC's Besler called to USMNT, will miss Saturday's match

By Sam Stejskal

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann made four swaps in his CONCACAF Gold Cup squad on Wednesday, bringing in Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler, LA defender Omar Gonzalez, San Jose forward Alan Gordon and Seattle forward Eddie Johnson and sending home Houston's Corey Ashe, Philadelphia's Jack McInerney and ex-MLS players Herculez Gomez and Oguchi Onyewu. 

Besler's call-up means the Sporting Kansas City defender will miss Saturday's RSL-SKC match at Rio Tinto Stadium. His absence will be a big one; the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year is Sporting's best defender, playing a crucial role in organizing SKC's back four, distributing well, posing an offensive threat on set pieces and locking down opposing strikers. 

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