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Get to know Benny Feilhaber

11 December 3:01 pm

Get to know Benny Feilhaber

By Jonathon Feyerherm

(Photo: Getty Images)

Benny Feilhaber began his college career at UCLA where he was a walk-on but earned second team All Pac-10 honors by his sophomore season. His success at the college level led to a spot on the USA roster for the FIFA 2005 U-20 World Cup. Feilhaber was an integral part of the team that defeated an Argentina side with Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, and Sergio Aguero. The USA U-20 side had several future SKC players including Michael Harrington and Jacob Peterson.

Feilhaber's performance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup was followed by an opportunity to play abroad. He played in Europe for several years highlighted by a successful run at Danish side AGF before joining the New England Revolution in 2011.

Internationally, Feilhaber has been an important part of the USA's success in major tournaments. His biggest goal in international play was the match winner against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final. He's also played in the Copa America (2007), Olympics (2008), Confederations Cup (2009), and World Cup (2010).

Quick Facts

  • Pronunciation: FAIL-hob-ber
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • D.O.B.: January 19, 1985 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
  • Youth Club: Irvine Strikers
  • College: UCLA
  • Has a tattoo that reads "Per ardua ad astra" which translates to "through adversity to the stars"
  • Engaged to his fiancé, Michelle and is getting married this month
  • Born in Brazil to Brazilian parents and he moved to the United States when he was six years old
  • Brazil’s legendary Garrincha is the player he most admires
  • An avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens
  • Enjoys playing golf and fantasy football

Video Highlights

Feilhaber scores the match winner in the 2007 Gold Cup final

Feilhaber with a great strike for NE in 2011

MLS & International Career Stats

NE Revolution

  Games Goals Assists
2011 23 4 7
2012 29 1 2

United States

  Games Goals Assists
2007-present 39 2 1