We’ve been down this road with Benny Feilhaber.
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The story goes something like this: the U.S. national team head coach — previously Jurgen Klinsmann, now Bruce Arena — leaves the 32-year-old Sporting Kansas City midfielder off his latest USMNT roster, and Feilhaber proceeds to turn in dominant, nearly unplayable performances in the weeks that follow.
On Wednesday, Arena named his first (second) squad for a competitive fixture. Absent from the 24-man list? You guessed it: Feilhaber. Three days later, Feilhaber’s response?
There’s more from Feilhaber than just a stunning strike to appreciate. Take a look below at the build-up, which sees Feilhaber present himself Matt Besler who’s about to be in trouble on the ball; there’s the controlled first touch, and the instinctive spin away from the pressure; there’s the 40-yard diagonal ball to Graham Zusi’s chest; there’s, of course, the strike which is a violent lashing through the ball. David Bingham never had a chance from more than 25 yards out.