Sporting KC signs Besler and Zusi to long-term extensions

The U.S. national team duo will continue at Sporting Park for the foreseeable future after being linked with moves away from MLS.
Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are staying home.

The Sporting Kansas City duo signed long-term contract extensions, each as a designated player, the club announced Saturday.

Both players were subject to transfer speculation following strong performances with the USA at the World Cup, but the duo has opted to continue at Sporting Park.

"This is a dream come to true to know that I'll be playing my whole career in Kansas City," Besler said in a club release. "A lot of factors went into this decision, but the ownership and the great fans played a huge part. Now, there is a responsibility to go forward to keep pushing this team farther and farther."

Besler, 27, has twice been named to the MLS Best XI (2012, 2013) and is a three-time MLS All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014). He was awarded MLS Defender of the Year in 2012, and has 21 caps for the United States.

Zusi, was named to the MLS Best XI each of the last two years and was an MLS MVP finalist in 2012. The 27-year-old was also just named to his third consecutive All-Star team.

"This is where I have always wanted to be," Zusi said. "I would like to thank Peter Vermes and the Sporting Club ownership for working with me toward this long-term contract and I look forward to continuing my career in the best stadium and in front of the best fans in MLS.”