SPORTING KC NOTES

Besler, Zusi receive warm welcome

Updated: 2013-03-31T04:27:44Z

Besler, Zusi receive warm welcome

The stadium was only half-filled, but Matt Besler and Graham Zusi received a raucous ovation when the Sporting Park’s public address mentioned their recent standout performances with the U.S. men’s national team.

“The fans were just like they’ve always been,” Besler said. “I tried to focus on the game, because it was such a big one. I only got a chance to take it all in during warm-ups. But I looked around and there was a lot of U.S. signs and a lot of appreciation, so it was nice.”

Zusi started in a 1-0 win March 22 against Costa Rica during a blizzard at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

He and Besler both started Tuesday in a 0-0 draw in Mexico City, only the second time the U.S. has secured a point on Mexican soil during FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Both Zusi and Besler started as usual against Montreal, while right back Chance Myers returned from a two-game absence (strained quad).

• Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong was taken off the field on a stretcher in the 31st minute with an apparent back injury.

Sapong took an elbow in the back from Montreal defender Jeb Brovsky in the 28th minute and stayed face-down on the field as he received treatment.

“We were ready to do a sub and then he said he was feeling better,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. “But he was coming off. He was out.”

Instead, Sapong returned in the 33rd minute after receiving more medical attention on the sideline.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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