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Ex-Derby County midfielder Benny Feilhaber named ahead of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in MLS team of the year

Former Derby County midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been picked ahead of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the MLS Team of the Year.

Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber was selected ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool legends Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to be named in the MLS team of the year, as reported by The Kansas City Star.

The 30-year-old central midfielder, who had a disastrous spell at Derby County during the infamous 11-point Premier League season in 2007-08, was able to cap off the best season of his career with the accolade, after scoring 10 and creating 15 goals for Sporting KC in 2015. 

Aside from Feilhaber, Robbie Keane and Sebastian Giovinco were able to secure their place in the side. However, the likes of Gerrard, Lampard and Didier Drogba were snubbed from the prestigious line-up despite strong debut seasons.

What went wrong for Feilhaber at Derby County? 

Although the term 'flop' is thrown around all too easily nowadays, the description sums Feilhaber's time at Derby up perfectly. 

After signing in the summer following the Rams promotion to the Premier League, then manager Billy Davies spoke highly of the midfielder's ability and backed him to make the step up with ease. 

"We're bringing in another very good young player with excellent potential,'' Billy Davies was quoted by the BBC upon signing Feilhaber. ''He is growing in stature with his national team. I believe he's ready for the challenge of the Premier League."

Nevertheless, despite the failings of the Derby side, Feilhaber struggled to impose himself on the team and managed to record just one start in the Premier League, coming in the 1-0 away defeat to Reading. 

Following the club's relegation with just 11 points, he soon moved on after failing to make a success of his move to England.

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