The ex-Derby County midfielder teamed up with charity to let fans choose his new look - but they still didn't go easy on him.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber is renowned around MLS for the occasional crazy stunt, but the new hairstyle he was wearing for Sunday’s home clash with the Chicago Fire seemed a step far even for him.
However, there was a very good explanation for the former Derby County man’s remarkable “Benny Mullet” which had everyone on Twitter talking – charity.
Two weeks ago, Feilhaber teamed up with Sporting KC’s Victory Project charity – an initiative which helps Kansas City-area children thrive through life’s challenges – to let fans choose his next hairstyle.
Fans could vote for three possible cuts – the mullet, a Justin Bieber-inspired mop top or a mowhawk – by donating a minimum of $10 to the charity, with Feilhaber promising to get the one which ended up with the most contributions.
The mullet prevailed in the end and so the 41-times capped US international was forced to take to the pitch for the match with Chicago sporting a look which made it seem like he had time-travelled from MLS’ inaugural 1996 season.
The hair proved to be somewhat of a good luck charm on the night, though, as Feilhaber continued his hot start to the new campaign with another excellent performance in the centre of the park to help SKC earn a 1-0 win.
The league’s joint-leader in assists with five after nine games, there have been growing cries for the Brazilian-born midfielder to earn an international recall in recent weeks and, having fallen of Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar of late, his new do is sure to guarantee that his latest showing did not go unnoticed.