There's plenty of "oh, what could have been" moments in New York Red Bulls/MetroStars lore.
It's practically the team's entire history.
Instead, the Notre Dame prospect and suburban Kansas City native was drafted by his hometown team, the then-Kansas City Wizards with the 8th pick in the first round. The Red Bulls got Jeremy Hall three picks later at 11.
They'd also come away with Babajide Ogunbiyi -- who would turn MLS down for Denmark, only to come back three years later and fail a physical -- along with Besler's Notre Dame teammate Jack Traynor and Nick Zimmerman, all defenders.
The next year, they'd take Tim Ream in the second round, who would make a legitimate run at the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year. Ream would depart after the 2011 season for Bolton Wanderers, after then-GM Erik Soler allegedly offered him a contract extension on the team bus. Last season, he was both the club's player of the year the and fans' at Bolton.
So just add the possibility of a Besler-Ream back line to the pile of "what could have beens" in team history.
Granted, the Besler half was Sporting Kansas City making a very good pick. Ream, on the other hand, was classic Soler Era incompetence.
But still...that back line. Christ...
File this one under speculative history.