Playmaker Benny Feilhaber joins Sporting KC from New England

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday acquired a high profile player in a trade with the New England Revolution.

Midfielder Benny Feilhaber joined Sporting from the Revolution in exchange for allocation money, Sporting KC's natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and natural second round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

The 27-year-old Feilhaber has already been added to Sporting's roster. He'll take over a senior roster sport. Feilhaber will compete for a starting position.

"Benny is an excellent two-way, box-to-box midfielder who has tremendous ability, especially with the final pass," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "His experience with the US National Team programs and playing overseas will serve him well in our system."

Feilhaber has made 39 appearances for the U.S. National Team. He debuted in 2007, scoring the game-winning goal in his third cap at the international level. He represented the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was the only U.S. player to appear in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"I am really excited to come to Sporting Kansas City," Feilhaber said. "It is a top-class organization and team in Major League Soccer. My goal is to help the team however I can. I cannot wait to play in the best stadium in the League and in front of a great fan base. I am already hyped for the first home game."

The midfielder also played for the U.S. National Team with Sporting KC teammates Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi in a 1-0 win against Venezuela in January. Feilhaber scored five goals and had nine assists during the last two seasons with the New England Revolution.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the U.S. at age six. Feilhaber walked on at UCLA. On Saturday, he'll marry his fiancée Michele Allred in a ceremony in California.

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