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Sporting KC defender Matt Besler chosen to MLS team of the week

Sporting KC defender Matt Besler (right) blocked a shot by Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan in Sunday’s match in Sandy, Utah.
Sporting KC defender Matt Besler (right) blocked a shot by Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan in Sunday’s match in Sandy, Utah. The Associated Press

A seesaw season for Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler took a positive turn Sunday when he returned from a two-game absence and anchored a shutout in a 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake.

A day later, Besler was recognized for the performance.

Besler was chosen to the MLS team of the week Monday after recording four clearances, four interceptions and 85 percent passing accuracy during the match.

“I thought Matt Besler had one of his better performances in a long time,” said Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes, who had held Besler out of the lineup for the previous two matches. “He was fantastic in the game.”

Sporting KC will play host to San Jose on Sunday in the regular-season finale, looking to clinch a spot in the postseason.

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