Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the signing of US international midfielder Benny Feilhaber to a one year contract with an option for 2020. The free agent joins Colorado after playing with LAFC last season and becomes the seventh signing ahead of the 2019 MLS season.
“Benny is a creative and experienced MLS veteran,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “He is a player that will help balance our midfield and contribute to the scoresheet."
While at LAFC, Feilhaber made 34 appearances, 32 from the start, scoring three goals and notching six assists. He helped LAFC secure a Knockout Round playoff spot during the team’s inaugural season in 2018.
The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native has featured for other MLS sides including Sporting KC (2013-17) and the New England Revolution (2011-12). Overall in MLS, he has made 236 regular season appearances (212 starts), scored 37 goals and has contributed 56 assists.
Prior to arriving in MLS, Feilhaber began his professional career with Hamburg of Germany’s Bundesliga. He made his first team debut in 2006, where he would make nine appearances before signing with Derby County who were promoted to the Premier League the following season. Feilhaber made 10 appearances for Derby County in 2007 and signed with Denmark's AGF Aarhus after Derby was relegated at the end of that campaign. He would go on to make 54 appearances, scoring five goals for the Danish side.
Internationally, Feilhaber has made 44 US men’s national team appearances. He was a member of the US 2010 FIFA World Cup squad and the 2008 US Olympic Team. Most notably, Feilhaber is remembered for his 73rd minute game-winning goal during the 2007 Gold Cup final against Mexico.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – January 11, 2019 – Colorado Rapids have signed midfielder Benny Feilhaber to a one year contract with an option for 2020.
Full Name: Benny Feilhaber (FAIL-hob-ber)
Weight: 160 lbs
Birth Date: January 19, 1985
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hometown: Irvine, California