Benny Feilhaber (born January 19, 1985) is an American soccer midfielder who currently plays for AGF Aarhus in Denmarks 1st Division. Feilhaber was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was raised in his father's Jewish religion. His paternal grandfather emigrated from Austria to Brazil in 1938 to escape the Nazi regime. Feilhaber was six years old when his family moved from Brazil to settle in the United States and spent approximately eight years in the New York City suburb of Scarsdale where he played for the local soccer team, the Scarsdale Lightning. In 1996, he led the team and won the New York State Cup for the U-12 division. He attended Northwood High School in Irvine, California where he was a standout midfielder on the school’s soccer team. After graduating in 2003 he played college soccer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he became a mainstay in the Bruins' midfield. At UCLA he was roommates with future national team-mate Jonathan Bornstein. Feilhaber made the team as a walk-on, rather than being recruited with a scholarship offer. After his second year at UCLA Feilhaber was called up by the U.S. U-20 national soccer team to play in the 2005 FIFA