Benny Feilhaber

Benny Feilhaber
Benny Feilhaber
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
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Real Name: Benny Feilhaber
HT: 5' 9" WT: 163
Age: 33 (01/19/1985)
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hometown: Irvine, CA

ACQUIRED

From Sporting Kansas City in exchange for $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) on January 3, 2018.

CAREER MILESTONES

  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion: 2015, 2017
  • Sporting KC Offensive Player of the Year: 2016
  • MLS All-Star: 2015
  • MLS MVP Finalist: 2015
  • Sporting KC MVP: 2015
  • MLS Cup Champion: 2013
  • Sporting KC Goal of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • U.S. National FIFA World Cup Team: 2010
  • U.S. National U23 Team at Beijing Olympic Games: 2008

PROFESSIONAL

2017 (Sporting KC):

  • Made 30 appearances (24 starts), recording five goals and three assists in 2,269 minutes.
  • Ranked fourth in Sporting KC history with 50 assists in all competitions.
  • Ranked 11th in Sporting KC history with 28 goals in all competitions.
  • Played 30 minutes and recorded two assists as an extra-time substitute in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 3-0 quarterfinal win against FC Dallas on July 11.
  • Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 Open Cup Final victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20, assisting Daniel Salloi's game-winning goal in the 66th minute.

Postseason:

  • Started and played 101 minutes in a 1-0 extra-time loss at the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 26.

2016 (Sporting KC):

  • Named Sporting KC's Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Started 28 of 30 appearances, recording seven goals and 13 assists (2,563 minutes played).
  • Became the second player in Sporting KC history to reach double-digit assists in multiple regular seasons on Sept. 24.
  • Scored the game-winning penalty kick and assisted Graham Zusi's goal in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 23, helping Sporting KC clinch a sixth straight appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • Started two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open matches (210 minutes played), recording one goal and one assist.

Postseason:

  • Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 knockout round loss at Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 27.

2015 (Sporting KC):

  • One of three finalists for the 2015 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award.
  • Earned the first MLS All-Star selection of his career, played 45 minutes in the second half of the All-Stars' 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on July 29.
  • Set the single-season club record with 20 assists in all competitions.
  • Started 30 of 32 appearances and recorded a career-high 10 goals and 15 assists (2,731 minutes played).
  • Became the third player in Sporting KC club history to reach double digits in goals and assists in a single MLS season.
  • Assisted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on Oct. 26 to clinch a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season.
  • Started five matches with two goals and five assists, becoming the club's all-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup assist leader.

Postseason:

  • Started and played 120 minutes in Sporting KC's 7-6 penalty kick shootout loss at Portland after a 2-2 draw through regulation.
  • Converted his penalty kick in the shootout.

2014 (Sporting KC):

  • Won Sporting KC's 2014 Goal of the Year for his 93rd-minute strike in a 2-1 win over Columbus on July 16.
  • Played in 31 matches, 30 of them starts, with four goals and six assists.

Postseason:

  • Played 90 minutes and assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-1 loss at New York in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 30.

2013 (Sporting KC):

  • Made 27 appearances with 22 starts.
  • Finished the year with three goals and four assists.
  • Made his first appearance for Sporting KC on March 2 playing 82 minutes in 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
  • Scored his first goal for Sporting KC in a 2-1 win at Chicago on July 7.
  • 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.
  • Appeared in his first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on May 28 and helped secure a 2-0 win over the Des Moines Menace.

Postseason:

  • Started four matches.
  • Stole a Matt Reis pass and set-up Claudio Bieler for the game-tying goal in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series vs. New England.
  • Assisted on Dom Dwyer's game-winning goal in the Eastern Conference Championship vs. Houston.
  • Converted his penalty kick in the MLS Cup Final shootout vs. Real Salt Lake.

2012 (New England):

  • 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.
  • Scored a 103rd-minute goal in a substitute appearance at central midfield in the club's U.S. Open Cup third-round loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 29.

2011 (New England):

  • 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.
  • Debuted on Saturday, April 23 vs. Sporting KC, playing 90 minutes and recording an assist.
  • 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.

2008-2010 (AGF Aarhus, Danish Superliga):

  • Signed with the club on a free transfer in August 2008.
  • Made 54 appearances, scoring five goals.

2007 (Derby County, Premier League):

  • Made his debut on Sept. 17, coming on as an eightieth-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over Newcastle United.
  • Appeared in 10 matches.

2006 (Hamburg SV, Bundesliga):

  • Made his Bundesliga debut on Oct. 12 vs. Schalke.
  • Made his first start on Oct. 22, 2006, playing ninety minutes in a 2–1 win against Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Appeared in nine matches.

2005 (Hamburg SV, Bundesliga):

  • Began his professional career in Germany with Hamburg’s reserve team in 2005.

COLLEGE (UCLA):

2004 (Sophomore)

  • Second-team All-Pac-10.
  • Ranked third on the team in scoring with five goals and 13 assists.
  • Scored two goals, including game-winner against UC Davis.
  • Played in all 20 games with 16 starts.
  • Tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals, (at Stanford, at Washington to clinch the Pac-10 title, UC Davis).
  • Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for Nov. 2-8 after the game-winner against Washington.

2003 (Freshman):

  • Walk-on who played in 16 games with three starts.
  • Had two goals on the year, both game-winners.

INTERNATIONAL

  • 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.
  • Former member of the U.S. Under-20 squad.
  • Earned his first senior team cap on March 25, 2007, against Ecuador.

PERSONAL:

  • Married wife Michelle in December 2012 and the couple had their first child in July 2014.
  • Born in Rio de Janeiro to Brazilian parents, he moved to the United States when he was six years old.
  • Lists Brazil’s legendary Garrincha as the player he most admires.
  • Favorite club team is Botafogo (Brazil).
  • Favorite professional team to watch is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Has a tattoo that reads Per ardua ad astra, Latin for “through adversity to the stars.”
  • Follow Benny on Instagram @bfeilhaber10 and on Twitter @b_feilhaber22.

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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2018Los Angeles FC191921679420528020
2017Sporting Kansas City3024522693642035040
2016Sporting Kansas City30287256313451333130
2015Sporting Kansas City323010273115481744181
2014Sporting Kansas City3130426076471344160
2013Sporting Kansas City2722317744331226140
2012New England Revolution2923121472421630151
2011New England Revolution2323420467361137131
Career Totals-2211993617816543351072776353
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