FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution has traded midfielder Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money and Sporting KC’s natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and its natural second-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.
Feilhaber, 27, made 52 appearances since joining the Revolution in April 2011 through Major League Soccer’s Allocation process. He made 46 starts, scoring five goals and adding nine assists, including four goals and seven assists in his 23-game 2011 campaign. Prior to joining the Revolution, Feilhaber played six seasons in Europe, including stints with Hamburg (Germany’s Bundesliga), Derby County (England’s Premier League) and AGF Aarhus (Denmark’s SuperLiga).
“We've been working on several options with Benny for a few months and we feel this trade with Kansas City is the most beneficial outcome for the Revs,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “This move allows us greater roster flexibility in both 2013 and beyond.”
Feilhaber – a fixture with the U.S. National Team under former head coach Bob Bradley – has made 39 appearances with the national team, including call-ups to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2008 Olympic squads. He has scored two goals with the national team, including the game-winning strike against Mexico in the championship match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His last appearance with the national team came on Jan. 21, 2012, when he started against Venezuela in Phoenix for current head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.