KENYA BROWN - Thursday, March 12, 2020
Benny Feilhaber has called time on his soccer career as he announced on Wednesday his retirement from the sport that saw him play for teams in Europe, Major League Soccer, and the U.S. national team.
The Brazilian-born midfielder had moved around the United States before his family settled in California. He would then head to UCLA where he played two seasons for the Bruins.
Feilhaber would then get his professional career off the ground following the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship when he signed with Hamburg who was at that time in playing in the German Bundesliga. He made his debut for the team in October 2006, coming off the bench in their 2-1 loss to Schalke. That was followed by his first start 10 days later in their 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
From Germany, he would head off to England where he signed with Derby County in August 2007 after their promotion to the Premier League. However, his time at Pride Park Stadium would be brief as he was released the following year when the Rams were relegated to the Championship.
On the move again, Feilhaber headed to Denmark where he signed with AGF Aarhus in August 2008. Despite struggling with several injuries, he remained with the team for three seasons, including their relegation from the Superliga.
In April 2011, he returned to the U.S. to play the last nine years with various teams in MLS such as the New England Revolution, Sporting Kansas City, Los Angeles FC, and Colorado Rapids.
Now, the 35-year-old has seen this time as the best moment for him to step away.
"I love this game but running is hard. So I'm out," he posted on his Twitter account.
Feilhaber's career was not limited to playing at club level. He went on to make 44 appearances for the U.S. national team and score two goals. The most memorable of those goals was his game-winner in the team's 2-1 victory over Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
While he may no longer grace the fields with his presence, Feilhaber does not plan on being too far away from the game.
"I, now, look forward to my next career. I love this sport and will always be around it. I hope I can give the sport back what it gave me and also find opportunities for others as my coaches did for me throughout my playing career," he said in a statement.