Besler joins Austin FC after playing12 consecutive seasons with Sporting Kansas City (2009-20), where he led the club to one (1) MLS Cup championship (2013) and three (3) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2012, 2015, 2017). The five-time MLS All-Star (2011, 2013-16) was appointed Captain of Sporting KC in 2014 and is the first player in Club history to record 348 appearances (337 starts) across all competitions, while leading the Club in regular-season appearances (294) and starts (285). Besler has made 18 appearances (18 starts) in the MLS postseason, 20 appearances (18 starts) in USOC play and 16 appearances (16 starts) across CONCACAF Champions League and SuperLiga competitions.
The native of Overland Park, Kansas, earned MLS Best XI honors twice (2012-13). Besler was also named MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Breakout Player of the Year in 2012 after being selected in the 1st Round (#8) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft from the University of Notre Dame, where he received All-American and Academic All-American honors as a senior.
Internationally, Besler has represented the United States Men’s National Team 47 times (44 starts) since debuting in January 29, 2013. Besler was part of the U.S. squad that won the 2013 and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup titles. Besler, who becomes the first Austin FC rostered player to have featured in a FIFA World Cup, played in all four (4) USMNT matches (four (4) starts) at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, helping the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 in the tournament. Additionally, Besler represented the U.S. in the 2017 CONCACAF Confederations Cup and the 2016 CONMEBOL Copa América Centenario