Wednesday evening, former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been traded to LAFC in exchange for 400K in allocation money.
Now 32, Feilhaber has won many trophies in his career, winning one MLS Cup and two US Open Cups during his time with Sporting Kansas City.
“Benny has enjoyed great success as an incredibly productive midfielder and has won multiple trophies here in MLS,” LAFC General Manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington said in a press release. “He has valuable experience and will provide stability and productivity to our midfield.”
While he will play under manager Bob Bradley, this is not the first time he’s worked with him.
“Benny and I shared some good days with the U.S. National Team,” LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said.” I am excited to work with him again. He has an attacking quality and an excellent understanding of the game. We welcome Benny to LAFC.”
It was Bradley who gave him his first US call-up back in 2007. He was a part of the US team that won the 2007 Gold Cup (in which he scored the game-winning goal in the final), came second in the 2009 Confederations Cup, and exited the last-16 in the 2010 World Cup.
— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) January 4, 2018
He also spent some time in Europe. He played with Hamburger SV in Germany, Derby County in England, and AGF Aarhus in Denmark.
This was a key move for LAFC. With Feilhaber, he brings plenty of experience to the squad, he’s won at the highest level, and last but not least, he played much of his youth soccer in Orange County. He’s familiar with these surroundings. His leadership will be critical to the success of LAFC in their inaugural 2018 campaign.
Feilhaber will bring a calming presence to the center of midfield where he will operate as a deep-lying playmaker of sorts. He also has the ability to be box-to-box, which will help the team immensely on the attack.
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