Feilhaber's Goal Gives U.S. Gold Cup Victory

June 24, 2007

Former UCLA midfielder Benny Feilhaber scored on a perfectly executed long-range volley in the 72nd minute to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the Gold Cup finals on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Feilhaber, who played at UCLA from 2003-04 before signing with Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga, sent a volley into the top left corner after a corner kick was headed to his feet just outside the box. The U.S. had tied the score in the 62nd minute on a Landon Donovan penalty kick.

Feilhaber was one of three former Bruins in the starting lineup. Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99) wore the captain's armband, and he and Jonathan Bornstein (2004-05) comprised half of the U.S. back line. Frankie Hejduk (1993-95) was also part of the Gold Cup roster and scored a goal in the semifinals against Canada but was unable to play in the championship match due to yellow card accumulation.

The U.S. will jump right back into tournament play next week at the Copa America in Venezuela. Feilhaber and Bornstein will remain with the U.S. team and will be joined by two other former Bruins - Jimmy Conrad (1996-97) and Marvell Wynne (2004-05). This will be Wynne's first appearance with the full national team. The U.S. will play Argentina on Thursday.

The U.S. Under-20 National Team defeated Chile, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in a final tune-up before the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. UCLA junior Tony Beltran started for the U.S., and junior Sal Zizzo came off the bench at the start of the second half. The World Cup will be held in Canada from June 30-July 22.