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Sporting KC coach explains Matt Besler’s absence

May 6, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

Chris Rolfe, Matt Besler

It wasn’t surprising, perhaps, that a motivated Sporting KC team could take down Chivas USA at home even without one of its best, U.S. international Matt Besler (pictured).

But Besler’s absence does deserve some exploration.

Injury, perhaps? That would be awful news for the guy, who will be on the upcoming U.S. roster for the important friendlies and World Cup qualifiers ahead or, at very least, will be leading the U.S. back line in the Gold Cup.

Nah. Not a serious one, at least. Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes explained that it just made sense to give the heady center back a little time off. SKC has a quick turn with a mid-week match Wednesday against Seattle. That means Besler gets to deal with fellow U.S. man Eddie Johnson, and possible with DP striker Obafemi Martins, if he’s healthy.

(MORE: Graham Zusi guides SKC’s romp-and-stomp over Chivas)

Then the bunch from Sporting Park travels to Houston for a Sunday match at BBVA Compass Stadium, where the Dynamo has yet to lose. Clearly, that one will be a bugger, too. Will Bruin and an in-form Giles Barnes need dealing with in that one.

Here’s what Vermes had to say about Besler’s day off:

He had a little bit of an issue the other day. We just felt that it wasn’t important to push it for this game being that we have three games in eight days. It was best to keep him out. It’s the same thing with Chance Myers. The decision is that we have three games in eight days and it’s a great exercise for us with these games because we’re going to start coming up on this situation quite often come summer. We have to be prepared to deal with that and the rotation of the roster.

Implied there, of course, is that Besler will be gone for a significant chunk of summer time. May as well get some of these other guys some time – because they will be up against tougher tests later. Clearly, it worked out OK on Sunday against the Goats, who managed not one shot on target in the 4-0 loss.

  1. bobinkc - May 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    When the announcer began listing the starters for Sunday on the big screen, the basic responses were “Huh?” and “Who?” But the guys that were allowed a starting slot acquitted themselves well in a rout against a Chivas team that couldn’t seem to find the ball, let alone the goal. Sunday was valuable experience for the guys that seldom, if ever, see game time and gave them the opportunity to prove that SKC’s bench is pretty deep and will be even deeper after Kamara returns this week.

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