Los Angeles FC acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber from Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday in exchange for $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
Feilhaber, 32, began his career in the German Bundesliga and moved to MLS with the New England Revolution in 2011 after stints in England and Denmark. He joined Sporting KC in 2013, and helped the club win the MLS Cup in 2013, two U.S. Open Cup titles (2015, ’17) and was a Best XI honoree in 2015.
“Benny has been a really good player for our organization since 2013 and we appreciate his contribution to the club,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “On a personal note, I am very happy that I was able to coach Benny twice, both here and with the U-20 National Team, and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Feilhaber, who attended UCLA, has 34 goals and 50 assists in 202 regular-season appearances in MLS. He has also played in seven playoff games, recording one assist, and has 44 caps with the U.S. national team.
“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 statement. “He has valuable experience and will provide stability and productivity to our midfield.”
The Brazilian-born Feilhaber will be reunited with LAFC coach Bob Bradley, who formerly coached the US national team. Feilhaber becomes the 11th player added to the expansion team’s roster as LAFC prepares for it’s inaugural MLS season.
“Benny and I shared some good days with the US national team,” 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.”
–Field Level Media