On Tuesday, Matt Besler put in his best performance yet in a USMNT shirt, bailing the U.S. out time and time again with last-ditch tackles and clearances and covering very well for his fellow defenders along the back line.
Besler did have one bad moment right before halftime when his poor giveaway resulted in a dangerous counterattack, but other than that, he was terrific. On repeated occasions, Besler’s tackling and clearances were the only thing that stood in between Tim Howard and the Honduran attack.
Over the past 12 months, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has tried out five other center-backs in the lineup besides Besler, including Maurice Edu, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson and Carlos Bocanegra. And, in only five starts, Besler has proven himself the most capable, and least error-prone, of all of them.