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Sporting KC defender Matt Besler discussed by Jurgen Klinsmann and Peter Vermes


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Sometimes coaches disagree on players.

Defender Matt Besler started at center back in the U.S. national team's 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday. He played next to Omar Gonzalez, a pairing that has not been seen for a very long time:

According to head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Besler played a "tremendous game" and "you wonder why he is not playing in Kansas City."

When asked about Klinsmann's comments, Sporting Kansas City's head coach Peter Vermes gave a broad "no comment" to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star:

On Wednesday, when asked about Klinsmann’s remark, Vermes replied, “I have no comment.”

But asked what it would take for Besler to regain his starting spot with Sporting KC, Vermes said, “I just need him to get back to who he is. That’s really it. I don’t want to go into individual pieces, but I just need him to get back to who he is. He has it. It’s not like he hasn’t done it before. He’s done it. That’s all I’m waiting for.”

[Stars and Stripes FC Co-Managing Editor Rob Usry would like me to add a "There are other ones ahead of him" joke somewhere in this post and I figure here is the place to do it.]

Besler did not appear in Sporting Kansas City's last two matches, and has only started 15 this season. He signed a Designated Player contract in 2014 that runs through the 2018 season.

Klinsmann tends to treat playing time at the club level on a case by case basis. He appears to value Besler, so it doesn't matter that he's outside of the starting lineup with Sporting. However, it is important that national team players are getting enough match experience to stay sharp. At a mere 29-years old, Besler will certainly be in contention for a spot on the 2018 World Cup roster, and possibly in 2022 as well. If his club situation doesn't improve, perhaps it may be time to seek greener pastures.

What do you think of Matt Besler's current situation? Can players be effective for their national team despite limited time at the club level? Let us know in the comment section.