Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler has dismissed the idea that he should have made the jump to a top European league following his participation in the U.S. national team's World Cup campaign this summer.
The Overland Park local became just the third defender to sign a big-money designated player contract with MLS, and his deal was announced alongside a similar contract for club and country teammate Graham Zusi.
"I'm not worried about that anymore," responded Besler when asked about criticism that he should have sought a club in Europe following his high-profile World Cup performances. "I don't care, really. People can say what they want and they can judge. They can have opinions on where I should be playing, but no one really knows the true story. No one knows what it's like to be here, to be in my shoes. I'm so confident and comfortable with my decision that none of that matters.
"There were a lot of things in favor of staying at home and staying with this club. I don't feel that I need to sit here and rattle all of them off, but at the end of the day, the ownership group is a special group. When I had meetings with them, they made me feel like part of their family, and that stuff doesn't happen a lot in sports."
Sporting Kansas City is currently in first place in the Eastern Conference, and he and Zusi were both named to the 2014 MLS All-Star team, as was fellow Sporting center back Aurelien Collin.