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Longtime Sporting KC midfielder announces retirement

Posted: 9:55 AM, Mar 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-11 10:55:40-04
Sporting KC trades Benny Feilhaber

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Feilhaber, 35, has played professional soccer for 15 years, six of which he spent in Kansas City.

He was with the team from 2013 to 2017, where he made five straight playoff appearances, and returned to the team in 2019. He retires as one of the must successful players in club history, Sporting KC said in a news release.

Feilhaber also appeared in an MLS Cup, two U.S. Open Cup championships, a Concacaf Gold Cup, the Olympics and a FIFA World Cup with the U.S. Men's National Team.

He also played on several international teams, including Hamburg, Derby County and AGF Aarhus.

"I have had the humbling privilege to compete alongside so many great teammates and coaches for the last 15 years, and I am extremely thankful for the moments we have shared together on and off the field," Feilhaber said in the release about his retirement. "I also want to extend a massive thank you to all of the fans who supported me along the way. They have played an integral part of my wonderful journey since day one."

Feilhaber lives in Overland Park and plans to spend retirement with his wife and three children.