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    Overland Park, KS

    High School:
    Blue Valley West

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 160



    Nick Besler Selected Fifth Overall In MLS SuperDraft

    Portland Timbers pick Fighting Irish All-America midfielder.


    The First Family Of Notre Dame Soccer

    Brothers Matt and Nick Besler have left a legacy on the Irish men's soccer program


    Pitch Points: #7/4 Irish Giving Fans Their Money's Worth

    Notre Dame remains atop ACC table with maximum points after Thursday's last-second win over Syracuse.


    A New Era For Men's Soccer

    Irish move into ACC while looking to replace key departures.


    #1 Irish To Host #16 Hoosiers On Sunday In NCAA Round Of 16

    Kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium.


    Nick Besler at the MLS SuperDraft

    Senior midfielder selected No. 5 overall by the Portland Timbers.


    NCAA Final: Notre Dame vs. Maryland (USATSI)

    Goals from Leon Brown and Andrew O'Malley give the Irish a 2-1 win and their first national title.


    NCAA Semifinals: Notre Dame vs. New Mexico (USATSI)

    Patrick Hodan scores twice, and Patrick Wall notches a shutout in a 2-0 victory.


    A Season in Photos: 2013 Notre Dame Men's Soccer

    A Season in Photos: 2013 Notre Dame Men's Soccer


    Men's Soccer vs. Marquette

    The men's soccer team was victorious over Marquette, 3-1, at Alumni Stadium on October 24th.


    Team Captain - 2014

    NCAA All-Tournament Team - 2013

    NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region First Team - 2013

    All-ACC First Team - 2013

    All-BIG EAST Third Team - 2012

    BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team - 2012

    Will serve as a team captain during the 2014 campaign ... likely to start in the central midfield for the third straight season ... has appeared in 51 career games, including 38 starts ... five points on one goal and three assists ... 2013 All-ACC First Team ... all-region honors in 2013 ... three monograms.

    AS A JUNIOR (2013): A starter in all 16 games in which he played ... missed eight games due to a leg injury ... played every minute in 14 of the 16 contests he appeared in ... selected to All-ACC First Team and to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region First Team ... named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team after helping the Fighting Irish draw with UCLA (0-0) and defeat SMU (2-1) en route to the title ... was injured in the regular-season meeting with Maryland on Oct. 8 and returned to the pitch Nov. 15 against Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Championship ... assisted on the goal that tied the national championship game 1-1 in the 40th minute and the Irish would go on to top Maryland, 2-1 ... named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... earned his third monogram.

    AS A SOPHOMORE (2012): Started every match and tallied four points on one goal and two assists ... All-BIG EAST Third Team ... named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team as he helped the Irish post wins over San Diego State (3-2) and Clemson (2-1) ... picked up his first career point when he assisted on the team's third goal in a 6-1 win at Seton Hall ... had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 overtime victory over Georgetown in the final of the BIG EAST Championship ... netted the equalizer with just 32 seconds left in regulation and then assisted on the golden goal in the win against the Hoyas that clinched the league title for the Irish ... selected to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... earned his second monogram.

    AS A FRESHMAN (2011): Came off the bench in 13 matches for the Fighting Irish ... gave the Irish valuable minutes in the central midfield ... made his collegiate debut in the second game of the season, a 4-1 win over Dayton at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic ... earned a monogram.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: NSCAA All-American (2010) ... NSCAA 2010 Kansas Player of the Year ... ESPNRise.com 2010 fall All-America team ... 2010 Kansas City Metro Player of the Year ... two-time Eastern Kansas League Offensive Player of the Year (2009 & 2010) ... four-year varsity letterwinner at Blue Valley West ... as a senior, tallied a school-record 27 goals and also had nine assists ... registered a school-record 47 career goals in addition to posting 24 assists ... helped the 2010 team to a 20-1 record and the Kansas 6A state title ... the 2010 team was ranked No. 12 nationally according to the NSCAA and ESPNRise.com Fab 50 ... captained his high school squad during his senior campaign ... five-time Kansas State Cup champion (2005-09, 2011) with his KCFC Rangers 92-93' squad ... five-time captain of his club team ... U.S. ODP Region II 93' Regional Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was the team captain in `09 and `10 ... U.S. Youth Soccer Region II regional qualifier (2005-11) ... U.S. Youth Soccer Region II finalist in 2008 and Midwest Region League champion that same season ... attended the Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... selected to the Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp All-Star Team in 2009 ... received the inaugural Kevin Gray Youth Player of the Year Award in August of 2011 ... the award is presented to the top youth player in the Kansas City area ... older brother, Matt, played at Notre Dame from 2006-09 and was an All-American and an Academic All-American ... Matt currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS and is a member of the United States Senior National Team ... son of Greg and Diane Besler ... enrolled in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.

    Besler's Career Statistics

    Year GP-GS G A Pts Sh GW
    2011 13-0 0 0 0 4 0
    2012 22-22 1 2 4 18 0
    2013 16-16 0 1 1 10 0
    Totals 51-38 1 3 5 32 0

    Besler's Career Bests


    Game 1 (Georgetown^ `12)

    Season 1 (2012)


    Game 1, three times (MR: Maryland* `13)

    Season 2 (2012)


    Game 3 (Georgetown^ `12)

    Season 4 (2012)

    * - NCAA Tournament

    ^ - BIG EAST Tournament

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