Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber is one of five finalists for Major League Soccer Player of the Month in April. Voting began today online at MLSsoccer.com and will remain open through 11:59 p.m. PT on Saturday.
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Feilhaber, 30, leads all MLS players with five assists in 2015 after logging three assists in the month of April. He also added two goals in Saturday's 4-4 draw at Houston for the first brace of his five-year MLS career.
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During a month in which Feilhaber played every minute in Sporting Kansas City's four games, the World Cup veteran started strong by setting up two goals with corner kicks in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Union on April 5. After Dom Dwyer headed home his service in the 16th minute, Feilhaber delivered the game-winning assist on the club's 1000th goal in all competitions when Sporting KC scored their second of two goals in stoppage-time.
Named the BurgerFi Man of the Match in a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake on April 11, Feilhaber then became the second fastest KC player all-time to reach the five-assist mark in a season -- doing so in his seventh league appearance -- when he provided the final pass for Krisztian Nemeth's equalizer at the LA Galaxy on April 18. He also entered the club's record books as only the second player to assist on five of the team's first seven goals in a season.
Most recently, Feilhaber highlighted his 75th career start for Sporting KC in all competitions with a brace on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. He twice leveled the score late, converting a penalty kick in the 80th minute to pull Sporting KC even at 3-3 and then struck a Goal of the Week nominee in the 95th minute to rescue the road result.
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Ike Opara was nominated for MLS Player of the Month in March after Feilhaber (July) was the third of three Sporting KC players to win the award in consecutive months last season. Dom Dwyer earned the honor in May, while former Sporting KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was voted Player of the Month in June.