Benny Feilhaber

Benny Feilhaber
Benny Feilhaber
Benny Feilhaber
Sporting Kansas City
Real Name: Benny Feilhaber
HT: 5' 9" WT: 160
Age: 31 (01/19/1985)
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Feilhaber turned professional with Hamburg (Germany) after two seasons at UCLA. He would move to Derby County in the English Premier League and later to AGF Aarhus in Denmark before signing with the New England Revolution in 2011. Acquired by Sporting Kansas City prior to the 2013 season, Feilhaber is a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team and played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as well as the 2008 Summer Olympics.

2014: Won Sporting KC's 2014 Goal of the Year for his 93rd-minute strike in a 2-1 win over Columbus on July 16. MLS regular season: Played in 31 games, 30 of them starts, with four goals and six assists. Assisted Aurelien Collin's goal in a 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas on March 15. Scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Colorado on March 29. Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-1 loss to Chicago on May 18. Assisted Antonio Dovale's first MLS goal in a 1-1 draw vs. the New York Red Bulls on May 27. Assisted Soony Saad's game-winning goal in a 2-0 win at Houston on June 6. Assisted C.J. Sapong's goal and scored the 93rd-minute game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Columbus on July 16. Scored a free kick in a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on July 19 and was named MLS Player of the Week on July 21 (Week 19) after leading the team to a pair of victories in four days. Was named to Earned MLS Team of the Week honors (Week 20) after a 2-1 win at Toronto FC on July 26. Won MLS Player of the Month for July after leading Sporting KC to a 4-0-1 record during the month. Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 3-1 loss to Houston on Aug. 29. Scored in a 4-0 win at Chivas USA on Sept. 12. MLS Playoffs: Played 90 minutes and assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-1 loss at New York in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round (Oct. 30). CCL: Started both legs of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals vs. Cruz Azul, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a goal in the second leg on March 19. Started three of four total appearances (199 minutes) in the 2014-15 group stage. Assisted Antonio Dovale's second goal in a 3-1 win over Deportivo Saprissa on Sept. 18. Open Cup: Did not feature. Friendly: Played 45 minutes in a 4-1 Champions Shield defeat to Manchester City on July 23 at Sporting Park, assisting C.J. Sapong's goal.

2013: MLS: Made 27 appearances with 22 starts in his first year with Sporting KC. Feilhaber finished the year with three goals and four assists. Feilhaber made his first appearance for Sporting Kansas City on March 2 playing 82 minutes in 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park marking both team's first match of the season. Feilhaber notched two assists in a 2-0 win over Montreal on March 30. Feilhaber earned his third assist of the season on April 27 versus the Portland Timbers. Feilhaber scored his first goal for Sporting KC in a 2-1 win at Chicago on July 7. Feilhaber scored his second goal on August 10 against his former club the New England Revolution. Feilhaber's third goal was nominated for Goal of the Week when he laced a 30-yard strike past Clint Irwin in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on August 31. CCL: Started three 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches and tallied an assist in a 2-0 win at Real Esteli on August 20. Open Cup: Feilhaber appeared in his first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match with Sporting Kansas City on May 28 and helped secure a 2-0 win over the Des Moines Menace. Feilhaber played 58 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Orlando City SC on June 12.

2012: Made 29 appearances, including 23 starts: three at left midfield, 16 at central midfield and four at right midfield. Scored one goal and recorded two assists. Suffered a club-leading 70 fouls in 29 appearances, tied for third in MLS. Started the season opener at San Jose (March 10) on the left wing and moved centrally mid-way through the second half. Lined up as an attacking centeral midfielder at Kansas City (March 17), but came off in the 61st minute with an ankle injury. Missed three matches with a peroneal strain in his left ankle: against Portland (March 24), at LA (March 31) and at Dallas (April 5), and returned as a substitute in the central midfield against D.C. (April 14) before rejoining the starting lineup at left midfield against Colorado (May 2). Scored his first goal and first assist of the season against Chicago (June 2). Recorded his second assist of the season on Jerry Bengtson’s goal at Columbus (Aug. 25). Shown two yellow cards and a subsequent red card at Philadelphia (Oct. 6) and missed the Chicago game (Oct. 20) while serving a mandatory one-game suspension. Scored a 103rd-minute goal in a substitute appearance at central midfield – but saw his penalty attempt saved as the team’s fifth kicker in PKs to lose the match – in the team’s U.S. Open Cup third-round loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders (May 29). Also recorded an assist on Fernando Cardenas’ goal in an MLS Reserve League match against Toronto (Sept. 7).

2011: Made 23 starts, 20 in the central midfield and four along the three-man forward line, in his first season in MLS after joining the Revs at the end of April through the MLS Allocation Process. Scored four goals and added a team-high seven assists. Finished the season ranked second in MLS in fouls suffered (71), for a league-best 3.08 per game mark. Started the first game for which he was available – vs. Sporting Kansas City (April 23) – playing 90 minutes and recording an assist on Marko Perovic’s goal. Drew the eventual game-winning penalty kick (converted by Shalrie Joseph) against Vancouver (May 14). Suffered a right ankle sprain late in the LA game (May 28) and left the game, missing the next four games (June 4 at FCD through June 18 vs. CHI), as well as the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the injury. Returned to the lineup at Seattle (June 26), recording an assist on Sainey Nyassi’s goal. Set up Shalrie Joseph’s goal at Real Salt Lake (July 4) after drawing a penalty kick in the fourth minute, which Rajko Lekic converted. Started and recorded an assist on the Revs’ lone goal in the friendly against Manchester United (July 13). Received a second caution and subsequent red-card ejection in the 66th-minute against Philadelphia (July 17) and was unavailable at D.C. United (July 20). Scored his first MLS goal at Colorado (July 23) off a headed ball from Stephen McCarthy. Scored single goals at Columbus (Aug. 13), at Philadelphia (Sept. 7) and vs. San Jose (Oct. 8). Picked up assists vs. Dallas (Sept. 10) and vs. Seattle (Oct. 1), both off of corner kicks.  Closed the season with a two-assist effort at Toronto (Oct. 22). Volunteered to play in the Revs reserve match against Toronto (Sept. 2) to help stay sharp during the team’s 17-day break caused by Hurricane Irene, recording the game-winning assist, setting Zack Schilawski through alone for the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

BEFORE MLS: Began his professional career in Germany with Hamburg’s reserve team in 2005 following a call-up to the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship ... debuted with Hamburg’s first team in 2006, where he went on to make nine appearances before signing with Derby County, which had just won promotion to the English Premier League, in 2007 ... made 10 appearances for Derby before the club was relegated at the end of the season and signed with AGF Aarhus on a free transfer in August 2008. ... at AGF Aarhus, made 54 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons, scoring five goals, before signing with MLS in April 2011.

COLLEGE: A walk-on at UCLA, he went on to play 16 games in his first season with the Bruins in 2003 … in his next year, he played in every match, helping UCLA to a 14-4-2 record … scored five goals and had three assists for 13 points as UCLA advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament ... turned professional after two seasons.

INTERNATIONAL (41 caps): Was a member of the U.S.’ 2010 FIFA World Cup squad and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team ... has scored two goals for the national team, including the game-winning goal in the final of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Mexico in Chicago ... made three appearances in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup, and three appearances at the 2008 Olympics ... also a former member of the U.S. Under-20 squad ... earned his first senior team cap on March 25, 2007, against Ecuador … was called in for the 2011 Gold Cup, but was replaced on the roster after suffering an ankle injury on May 28 with the Revolution ... made his debut under new MNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Jan. 21, 2012, with a start against Venezuela in Phoenix ... Called into the 2013 USMNT January Camp along with Sporting KC teammates Graham Zusi and Matt Besler and played 45 minutes in 0-0 draw vs. Canada ... Called into the 2014 USMNT January Camp along with Sporting KC teammates Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers and played 30 minutes in 2-0 win over Korea Republic.

Personal: Feilhaber got married to his wife Michelle in December 2012 and the couple are expecting their first child in July 2014 … born in Brazil to Brazilian parents, he moved to the United States when he was six years old … one of five U.S. players featured in a photo shoot in Interview magazine before the World Cup … lists Brazil’s legendary Garrincha as the player he most admires … Favorite club team is Botafogo ... has a tattoo that reads Per ardua ad astra, Latin for “through adversity to the stars.”

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2015Sporting Kansas City323010273115481744181
2014Sporting Kansas City3130426076471344160
2013Sporting Kansas City2722317744331226140
2012New England Revolution2923121472421630151
2011New England Revolution2323420467361137131
Career Totals-142128221130534206691815263
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