Sporting Rewind: From walk-on to World Cup

Benny Feilhaber Sacha Kljestan USMNT

Sporting Rewind is Sporting Kansas City's new podcast telling stories about players, coaches, fans, and the club. All episodes of Sporting Rewind are available at

In two years, Benny Feilhaber went from a walk-on at UCLA to signing a professional contract with German side Hamburg. It was a meteoric rise for Feilhaber, who was a breakout player at the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship (known today as the U-20 World Cup). How did Benny's career change so quickly? And what current FC Barcelona star did the United States face in that tournament? 

To find out, check out the first episode of Sporting Rewind (featuring Feilhaber, Peter Vermes, Sacha Kljestan, and Ives Galarcep) below.

As heard in Episode 1 (above), check out some bonus content below. During the 2005 FIFA Youth Championship, Feilhaber and Kljestan had a online soccer diary for Listen below to the first episode previewing the tournament after they arrived in the Netherlands.