Sporting KC II faucets Benny Feilhaber as new head coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Benny Feilhaber, who performed six seasons with Sporting Kansas Metropolis, has been chosen as head coach for the membership’s reserve franchise, Sporting KC II.

The membership introduced Wednesday that Feilhaber, who made 44 appearances with the U.S. Males’s Nationwide Staff and performed professionally for 15 seasons, would change Paula Nagamura, who left Sporting KC II in November and was subsequently named the Houston Dynamo’s head coach.

Feilhaber, who performed within the 2010 FIFA World Cup and helped the U.S. win the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a game-winning aim in opposition to Mexico within the closing, joined Sporting KC’s technical workers as director of technical operations final January and started serving as head coach of the Sporting KC Academy U-17 crew in August.

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USA’s Benny Feilhaber, proper, celebrates with DaMarcus Beasley after scoring the successful aim in opposition to Mexico in the course of the second half of the Gold Cup soccer closing Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Chicago. USA received 2-1.

Since Sporting KC II debuted in 2016, there have been 13 gamers who’ve made the leap from the crew to the SKC senior roster, together with 2021 MLS MVP finalist Daniel Salloi.

Feilhaber, who helped SKC seize the 2013 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2015 and 2017, is intimately accustomed to Sporting KC supervisor Peter Vermes’ type and system.

After beginning his profession with stints in Germany, England and Denmark, Feilhaber moved to MLS with the New England Revolution from 2011-12, however he loved his best skilled success underneath Vermes’ tutelage with SKC from 2013-17, scoring 29 objectives with 43 assists in 150 appearances.

Feilhaber performed for Los Angeles FC in 2018 and began 2019 with the Colorado Rapids earlier than returning to Sporting KC in midseason 2019. He added two objectives and an help in 17 appearances throughout his second stint with the membership.

Benny Feilhaber, Fatai Alashe

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On this Oct. 16, 2015, file picture, Sporting Kansas Metropolis midfielder Benny Feilhaber (10) takes a shot on aim previous San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) in the course of the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber retired from soccer on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after a profession that included enjoying for the USA on the 2010 World Cup and 9 years in Main League Soccer.

After retiring from MLS in March 2020, Feilhaber joined his alma mater UCLA as an assistant coach for the 2020 season earlier than reuniting with Vermes in Kansas Metropolis, the place he totaled 35 objectives and 58 assists in 198 appearances throughout all competitions.

Feilhaber ranks ninth in objectives and third in assists in SKC historical past and is one among 4 gamers with at the least 30 objectives and 50 assists — a gaggle that features Graham Zusi, Preki and Chris Klein.

Sporting KC II is transferring from the USL Championship, the second tier of home soccer, to the newly created MLS Subsequent Professional, a third-tier league.


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Benny Feilhaber, who performed six seasons with Sporting Kansas Metropolis, has been chosen as head coach for the membership’s reserve franchise, Sporting KC II, the senior membership introduced Wednesday.