Americans Abroad: Feilhaber suddenly finding net in Denmark
After scoring just one goal at the club level since his career began in 2005, Feilhaber has scored five times in his last three games (four times this past week), including a hat trick and game-winner in the Landspokal (Danish Cup) last Wednesday and another game-winner in league play on Sunday for his club team, AGF Aarhus.
"Goals come in bunches, and that's been what's happening to me," Feilhaber told SI.com on Monday. "It's really special for me, and hopefully I can keep riding the wave. Once you start building your confidence up, it starts coming easier. I haven't been doing anything differently, but the ball is finding me in the right spots."
Granted, becoming the penalty taker for the Danish First Division side hasn't hurt his cause. Three of Feilhaber's five goals in his recent surge have come from the penalty spot, including two during his hat trick.
"The PK story just happened at the right time," Feilhaber said. "We hadn't picked out one specific taker. It was between me and [Denmark international]
Feilhaber is getting it done in the run of play, too, evidenced by his game-winning goal in extra time last Wednesday that clinched Aarhus' place in the Landspokal Round of 16.
The hat trick alone would have marked the most prolific week ever for the U.S. national team midfielder, but he was just getting started. In addition to setting up two goals in Aarhus' match on Sunday, Feilhaber scored the game-winning goal at the death off a well-taken, 20-yard free kick from a left-side angle that curled inside the left post and gave his side a 3-2 victory.
"Last season it was mostly
Aarhus is off to a stellar start in its campaign to be promoted back to the Danish Superliga, and Feilhaber has as much to do with that as anyone. Widely speculated to be moving to another team during the summer transfer window, the 25-year-old Rio de Janeiro native has made the most of staying put and is in the midst of his greatest run of form to date.
"I feel like since the transfer window closed, I've been really focused on doing what I'm here to do, and that's help the team get back to Superliga," Feilhaber said.
Feilhaber wasn't the only U.S. World Cup participant to get on the board during the week.