BENNY FEILHABER joined Sporting Kansas City as the Director of Technical Operations ahead of the 2021 season, returning to the club where he enjoyed the most productive period of his professional playing career.
Feilhaber, who holds a B-License through the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education program, retired from a 15-year playing career at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Feilhaber took the first step of his coaching career by joining UCLA, his college alma mater, as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team in August 2020. Working under head coach Ryan Jorden, he oversaw training sessions throughout the fall after the Pac-12 Conference postponed its 2020 season until 2021.
One of the most prolific playmakers in MLS over the last decade, Feilhaber ended his playing tenure at Sporting with 35 goals and 58 assists in 198 competitive appearances. He spent two stints in Kansas City, guiding the club to five straight playoff appearances from 2013-2017 and returning in 2019 for his final season. His 35 goals and 58 assists rank seventh and third on the club's all-time charts, respectively, and he is one of four players in team history - alongside Preki, Chris Klein and current Sporting defender Graham Zusi - with at least 30 goals and 50 assists.
Feilhaber bagged 56 goals in over 400 professional matches during a well-traveled club career that included stops at Hamburg in Germany, Derby County in England and Aarhus in Denmark. His MLS journey also featured spells at the New England Revolution (2011-2012), LAFC (2018) and the Colorado Rapids (2019).
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and raised in Irvine, California, Feilhaber represented the U.S. Men's National Team 44 times from 2007-2017. Among his several U.S. MNT accomplishments, he scored a world-class goal to win the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup final versus Mexico, helped the U.S. to a second-place finish at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and played three World Cup matches the following year in South Africa.