Sporting KC Sign Besler and Zusi

Prior to a sold out match against the LA Galaxy today, Sporting KC announced that they had signed Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to extended contracts that will keep them in Kansas City for years to come.

Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi were signed to long-term Designated Player contracts. Per club policy, additional terms of the agreements will not be disclosed. Read more at

You can also see video of the announcement .

Sporting Kansas City extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Sporting Park. Benny Feilhaber scored in his second straight match and Lawrence Olum netted the game-winning goal as the reigning MLS Cup champions have now won five of their past six MLS matches.

Playing in front of the largest regular season crowd in Sporting Park’s four-year history, Sporting Kansas City started strong in their third game over an eight-day stretch. In the sixth minute, 19-year-old Brazilian Igor Juliao made a late run forward and fired the game’s first shot on target that forced a diving save by Jaime Penedo to his left. 

Feilhaber then gave the reigning MLS Cup champs the early lead with his third goal of the season coming three days after scoring the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time at Columbus. The 29-year-old midfielder curled a free kick over the wall from 20 yards out into the upper corner for the 11th goal of his MLS career. It marked the second straight season Feilhaber scored directly from a free kick, accounting for the team’s only two free kick finishes in the past two years. Read more at

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