Benny Feilhaber news (and, no doubt, off-topic discussion) thread.

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Dave Marino-Nachison, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Benny was mentioned in today's edition of Die Welt:

    Auf der Wunschliste der Hamburger steht nach wie vor Benny Feilhaber. Der 20 Jahre alte Mittelfeldspieler glänzte im US-Team bei der U 20-WM in den Niederlanden und steht seither neben dem HSV auch bei Real Mallorca hoch im Kurs. Derzeit ist Feilhaber bei den Maccabi Games für eine US-Auswahl jüdischer Fußballer im Einsatz, beim 2:1 über Holland gelang ihm ein Treffer und eine Torvorarbeit.​

    Here's the link:

    That article seems to indicate that Benny is currently with the U.S. team for the Maccabiah games (which would certainly seem to confirm that he's Jewish). However, it says that he played in a 2-1 U.S. victory over Holland and I found another site that says it was 2-0.

    Here's that link: Maccabi Games/17GamesResults_open.htm

    Here's confirmation that he's on the team:
    Soccer player Benny Feilhaber (UCLA player and member of the U20 U.S. national team competing this month in the Netherlands in the finals of the Youth World Championship) will be joined by five professional players on the Open Men’s Soccer Team. ​

    The link:

    I've yet to see a roster, but other players whose names I've seen listed are Michael Erush, Jon Bornstein and Jordan Katz.

    Here's that link:
  2. IMOX77

    IMOX77 New Member

    Jun 15, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Dave you are unbelievable! This might be why his decesion has been delayed
  3. woodwork

    woodwork Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    Why is he risking injury right before potentially signing a pro contract?
  4. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    Let's hope the dude was smart enough to get insurance..
  5. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    It was reported some time ago that Benny was participating in the Maccabiah games.
  6. bltleo

    bltleo Member+

    Jan 5, 2003
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:

    Hello..excellent news about Benny...and you posted something in german language..better for me:)....i´m happy that Hamburg is still interested
    in Benny...because I like following career of american soccer players
    in Europa, of course in Germany it is easier......I would be so happy
    if we could have does not matter he is does not
    play any role....we don´t need to mention it here at big soccer..
    he is soccer player, AMERICAN.....

    thanks for news about him....

    so you get green card now!

  7. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    I know you didn't mean anything by it but ... the above phrase has a pretty negative connotation.
  8. Emile

    Emile Member

    Oct 24, 2001
    dead in a ditch
    Benny was quoted several months ago that he really wanted to play in MLS. Is that possibility gone, or still on the table?

    Feilhaber would like to try to make it on that level. "MLS is one of the steps in the future that I want to reach. I'm working my way up there and I think I'm on the right track right now."
  9. Danks81

    Danks81 Member

    May 18, 2003
    I hear Wenger has pegged him to replace Vieira.
  10. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Sacramento Republic FC
    United States
    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    On a mostly unrelated note... when do the Maccabi Games start and end? (This is for the purposes of tracking lineups, matchday rosters, and player availability in MLS - I'd like to know how long Michael Erush is away.)
  11. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Member+

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    I hear Klaus FC has him pegged to replace Sasa.
  12. Cannon

    Cannon Member

    United States
    Sep 2, 2001
    Washington, DC metro
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We wanted him but took Hleb instead. :(


    Good luck Benny. He certainly looked like one of the better players on the American FYWC team.
  13. Jacques Strappe

    Mar 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    and the off topic commentary begins...

    it only took 13 posts this time ;)
  14. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    I'll mention that Spain does offer a 3-year "amnesty" to foreign players, after which one can apply for the permanent EU work permit/citizenship. This is one of the reasons that Seville's Julio Baptista is reluctant to go to Arsenal, as he has one year to go - he arrived in Spain in 2,003 - in his EU permanency quest.

    Oh and, as a side (foot) note, Mallorca is basically a year'round fun-in-the-sun resort, an awesome place to spend one's off time.
  15. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  16. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Seriously? Because of all the playing time Erush has gotten this year?
  17. Treetaliano

    Treetaliano Member

    Jun 29, 2002
    San Diego
    Jordan Gruber, the kid who recently signed for OFK Belgrade, is also playing at the Maccabi Games
  18. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    For those that care, here's the roster of the US team and where they play, or played, if I could find it.

    Jonathan Bornstein, F, UCLA (Sr.)

    Samuel Brill, D, Boston College (Jr.)

    Michael Erush, M, Chivas USA (Loyola Marymount, Sr. in 2003)

    Jason Extein, D, Princeton (Sr. in 2002)

    Benny Feilhaber, M, UCLA (Jr.)

    Kevin Friedland, D/M, Minnesota Thunder (Southern Methodist, Sr. in 2003)

    Aaron Goetz, M, Virginia (So.)

    Jarryd Goldberg, M, Boston College (Jr.)

    Michael Goldman, M, George Washington (Sr. in 2002)

    Jordan Gruber, F, OFK Belgrade (Michigan State, Sr. in 2004)

    Adam Jaffe, F, Linfield (Jr.)

    Jordan Katz, M, Washington (Fr.)

    Leo Krupnik, D, Wilmington Hammerheads (Cal-Berkeley, Sr. in 2002)

    Matthew Miller
    No idea

    Matthew Reiswerg, GK, Indiana (Sr. in 2002)

    Jeffrey Rosenthal
    No idea

    Adam Sternberger, F, Rutgers (R-So.)

    Alexander Tablin-Wolf
    No idea

    David Weinstein, D, Brandeis (So.)
  19. Shaster

    Shaster Member

    Apr 13, 1999
    El Cerrito, CA, USA
    Damn, no Jeff Agoos? :p
  20. flash1316

    flash1316 Member

    Nov 27, 2003
    Raleigh, NC
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How good are Katz and Goetz? Wondering cause there the two youngest players I saw in the lineup.
  21. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
    Guys, quit the "is she" or "isn't she" stuff.

    It has nothing to do with where the player is or is going to be.

    On topic.
  22. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    This poster who knows him claims - in the thread that went out of control - that Feilhaber is 85% certain to sign with a Dutch team.

  23. davide

    davide Member

    Mar 1, 2001
  24. bltleo

    bltleo Member+

    Jan 5, 2003
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:

    thank you sidefootsitter for this comment...sometimes can be
    "broken" english I speak a bit dangerous or can cause problems:)
    anyway thank you for reminding me....this is really great help...
    and sorry for my "pretty negative connotation"....i did not mean
    it that way as it sounded probably...thanks sidefootsitter...
  25. ezreider25

    ezreider25 New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Iowa City
    In an interview on the HSV website, Sport Director Detmar Beiersdorfer mentions that acquiring Feilhaber is still an option:

    Translation regarding Feilhaber

    "...We can possibly still acquire American Benny Feilhaber. He is only 19 and and was one of the most outstanding players at the U20 championships. We will decide in the next few days..."

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