The UCLA Bruins men’s soccer program is adding two experienced lads to the coaching staff as Benny Feilhaber and Juan Cervantes have been added as assistant and volunteer assistant coaches.
Head coach Ryan Jorden announced the move to UCLABruins.com earlier this week and each Feilhaber and Cervantes add vast soccer experience to the staff as former Bruins. This now makes all three assistant coaches on staff former Bruin players as well as they join Matt Taylor.
Feilhaber played 15 years of professional soccer, including nine seasons in the Major League Soccer. He also had stints in Germany, England and Denmark. He retired earlier this year and played for Sporting KC, LAFC and Colorado Rapids in the MLS.
In his MLS career, he played his best soccer with Sporting KC, notching 31 goals for KC with 14 assists and MLS Club and Open Cup Championships in the process.
Feilhaber also played on the US Men’s National Team, making his debut in 2007 and capping it with 44 international appearances and a highlight-reel play for the ages.
Feilhaber was a walk-on at UCLA and moved his way to an All-Pac-10 selection in just 16 months time. The now-decorated, and frankly famous, soccer player is earning his “B” license through the US Soccer coaching education program.
Cervantes last played four years ago for UCLA, and yet in that time, he’s put together an impressive coaching career to date.
He has spent time at Cal State Dominguez Hills as goalkeeping coach and recruiting coordinator. He’s also made stops at Santa Monica College, Loyola and Santa Monica High Schools and at the club/academy level with the Beach Futbol Club.
He played 30 games with 27 starts for UCLA in his career, making four starts during the 2012 Pac-12 Championship season.
They’ll assume their roles on September 1.
Welcome back to Westwood, Benny & Juan!