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Sporting KC Signs Besler, Zusi For Four More Years

Long term commitment or not? That’s the question with a few of the biggest sports stars in Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex reports to training camp this week without a contract beyond this season. On the other hand, Sporting Kansas City locked up their two biggest stars for the long haul.

Before Sporting Kansas City took the field in their Saturday match at Livestrong Park against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the announcement came out that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi agreed to four-year extensions with the team.

Both players were considering overseas offers after returning from represent the U.S. in the World Cup tournament. Besler, who grew up in Overland Park, says he shook hands with the team owners secure and confident.

“I knew right away it was the right decision,” he said. “It felt right. I had chills and I knew it was right.”

Sporting is now in first place in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Galaxy, 2-1. Besler and Zusi figure to be key ingredients to shooting for a second straight championship in Major League Soccer.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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