New England Revolution veteran midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team by head coach Juergen Klinsmann.
Feilhaber was a member of the USA 2010 World Cup squad as a sub but has had a lengthy absence from the team since then. He made zero appearances for the national team in 2011.
Klinsmann called up a total of 18 players from MLS for USA training camp which opens in Phoenix, AZ, on Jan. 3. The national team will host Venezuela in a friendly on Jan. 21 and then travel for a friendly against Panama on Jan. 25.
Feilhaber said about his call up by Klinsmann:
"Hopefully, I can prove to him that I belong with the group and that I need to get more looks from here on out," Feilhaber told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday afternoon. "I had a lot of opportunities under Bob (Bradley, former US coach). I got a lot of games and played in a lot of big tournaments. Hopefully, I can prove to Jurgen that I can be that player who can fit into his system and be counted on." (via MLS Soccer.com)
Feilhaber has made 38 appearances for the national team and has scored twice (both goals in 2007). Feilhaber had four goals and seven assists in his first season with New England in 2011.