Notre Dame soccer: Besler makes U.S. roster

Staff reports
ND Insider

While the big story to come out of Thursday’s World Cup roster announcement was the exclusion of United States’ all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, there was also Notre Dame storyline.

Former All-American Matt Besler became the first Irish product to be selected to the World Cup roster.

Besler, a central defender with Sporting Kansas City, has made 14 appearances for the United States since debuting in January 2013, including six World Cup qualifiers and all three knockout round games en route to last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.

UNITED STATES ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)