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 Group and performed professionally for 15 seasons, would exchange 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 towards Mexico within the remaining, 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 staff in August.
Since Sporting KC II debuted in 2016, there have been 13 gamers who’ve made the bounce from the staff 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 conversant in Sporting KC supervisor Peter Vermes’ fashion 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 biggest skilled success beneath 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.
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 considered one of 4 gamers with a minimum of 30 objectives and 50 assists — a gaggle that features Graham Zusi, Preki and Chris Klein.
Sporting KC II is shifting from the USL Championship, the second tier of home soccer, to the newly created MLS Subsequent Professional, a third-tier league.