He may not have been in Friday’s starting lineup, but Benny Feilhaber made his presence felt just a few minutes after stepping onto the pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium.
With Sporting Kansas City trailing 1-0, Feilhaber entered the match as a halftime substitute and conjured a bit of magic at the 50-minute mark. The All-Star midfielder received a pass from Roger Espinoza, took a touch to his right and sent a 30-yard screamer into the corner of the net to level proceedings and earn an MLS Goal of the Week nomination.
Feilhaber’s strike—one of a season-high 39 goals scored across the league in Week 21—is nominated for the award alongside efforts from Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), David Villa (New York City FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando CIty SC) and Leonel Miranda (Houston Dynamo). Voting for MLS Goal of the Week opened Monday and will run through Friday morning at 1:59 a.m. CT.
Now in his fifth MLS season, Feilhaber has set career highs in 2015 with seven goals and 10 assists en route to his first All-Star selection. He joins teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi as members of the gameday roster for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1, UniMas) against Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
Feilhaber previously won Goal of the Week honors in Week 8 for his stunning volley in the 95th minute of a 4-4 draw against the Houston Dynamo, whom Sporting Kansas City will face at 7:30 p.m. CT Saturday at Sporting Park. A limited number of tickets for that match are available via Ticketmaster.com.