Soccer is gaining traction in the United States, and Kansas City.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Several networks show top-level European soccer, Sporting KC plays to sellout crowds every home game.
But what happened to Sporting defender Matt Besler doesnt help the games popularity with the on-the-fence fans.
Besler, playing for the U.S. mens national team, received a yellow card in Fridays World Cup qualifier on a phantom foul. Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell took a dive as Besler walked by.
Because its Beslers second yellow card in the final round of the qualifiers, hes suspended for Tuesdays match against Mexico.
Yep, now everyone can see my frustrations, Besler said in a text message on Monday. Cant believe thats the reason I wont get a chance to play another Mexico match.
Under FIFA rules, the U.S. team cant protest the call, or change the outcome. Besler, the Sporting KC favorite and Overland Park native, is out of luck.
Disgraceful. Heres a video of the dive (scroll to the 5:40 mark).