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Veteran play-maker Benny Feilhaber moves to Colorado Rapids


USA international midfielder Benny Feilhaber has signed with the fourth club of his Major League Soccer career and will spend 2019 with the Colorado Rapids

Benny Feilhaber has left Los Angeles FC to sign a one-year deal with the Colorado Rapids.

The Brazilian-born, American-raised midfielder made 38 appearances in all competitions for Los Angeles FC in 2018, 34 of them in MLS, scoring three goals.

33-year-old Feilhaber signed a one-year contract with a team option for the 2020 season.

“Benny is a creative and experienced MLS veteran,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a press release. “He is a player that will help balance our midfield and contribute to the scoresheet.”

LAFC was apparently unwilling to accede to veteran’s salary demands. Under recently instituted free agency rules, the Rapids were able to offer a high paycheck and the player was wooed by an annual salary just under the Designated Player threshold of $530,000.

Colorado had the lowest offensive output in MLS last season, scoring just 36 goals. To remedy that situation, the club has already brought in a pair of finishers in Kei Kamara and Diego Rubio.

The Rapids have also signed another versatile midfielder, Nicolás Mezquida, as well as Keegan Rosenberry, a forward-thinking full-back.

Feilhaber turned professional with Hamburg in 2005, spent time at Derby County and AGF Aarhus before returning to the United States. He spent two seasons with New England, five in Kansas City, and one in Los Angeles before signing for Colorado.