May 5th, 2011
Kickette Interview: Benny Feilhaber On His Move Home, Web Cam Antics & The USMNT
All images via Getty/Daylife
We were delighted when Benny Feilhaber, one of our American favorites, made the move back stateside from Denmark to play in the MLS for the New England Revolution. We were even more delighted when Benny agreed to answer our hard-hitting questions on such topics as his sleepwear and man hugs.
Q. You’ve been in Boston for a few weeks now; what do you think of it?
A. I love it, but I’m scared of the winters. Being from Brazil and California, I don’t really know what a real winter is like.
Q. You were abroad for a long time; what did you miss most about the good old US of A?
A. Speaking English. My Danish is terrible, but my German is better. And I missed how easy it is to get good food and the variety of restaurants. I missed sushi the most - there’s no good sushi in England, Germany, or Denmark.
Q. You infamously lip synched to the song “No Air” shirtless on a web cam and it went viral; any plans for a web series? Were you fully clothed on the bottom half?
A. That wasn’t supposed to get out! That was during the 2008 Olympics and a bunch of us did videos like that. It was just a fluke that mine got out. I have absolutely no plans for a web series, but I think I sang that pretty well. I was fully clothed on the bottom. It might have been weird otherwise (laughs).
Q. You were college roommates with Jonathan Bornstein; what was his worst habit and what would he say yours was?
A. His worst habit was not being there. He had a girlfriend who went to another school and he was always with her so he was literally never there. He’d probably say that my worst habit was always being there.
Q. Who’s your BFF on the USMNT and who do you room with?
A. I’ve roomed with Sacha Kljestan most often, but he’s been in and out with the team. I room with Jonny (Bornstein) too. He’s probably my closest friend on the team since I’ve known him the longest.
Q. What’s the most memorable game you’ve played in?
A. The Gold Cup final in 2007 because I scored the game winning goal. The Algeria game in the 2010 World Cup is up there too.
A. I’d have to say Landon. Carlos is a manly man so he doesn’t really go for that. Landon’s more into that stuff. When we (USMNT) beat Spain 2-0 in the Confederations Cup Landon pretty much picked me up and put me in his lap.
Q. Which domestic league is your favorite to watch?
A. I like the English and Spanish leagues. Barcelona is the best team and they have the best player (Lionel Messi).
Q. Who’s going to win Champions League?
A. Barca. They’re the best. I don’t think Manchester United has the best team, but they know how to win. It’ll be a good game.
Q. What do you sleep in – pajamas, underwear, or your birthday suit?
A. I don’t really go crazy anymore. Maybe when I was single, but I’m not much of a party animal anymore (Ed. note: Benny’s been booed up with his lovely girlfriend Michelle for 3 years. Pass the Kleenex).
Q. What do you think of Twitter and Facebook in terms of connecting fans with players? Any plans to join Twitter in the future?
A. I think it’s a good tool. I have Twitter, but I don’t write on it. I just use it to see what everyone esle is saying. I don’t need everyone knowing what I’m doing every second of the day.
Q. Any plans to follow in Tim Howard’s footsteps and strip down for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue?
A. I have no plans for that! I don’t think I have the body for it. I think my face can handle it, but no one wants to see my body. (Ed. note: Think again, B.)