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American midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores three goals for Aarhus in Danish Cup match

U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber joined a select group of Americans in recording a hat trick for a European club Wednesday, scoring three times during Aarhus' 6-3 victory in extra time against Skive in a Danish Cup match.

Feilhaber converted a penalty in the 16th minute, scored the go-ahead goal two minutes into overtime and added another penalty in the 101st minute. Bosnian-born teammate Sanel Kapidzic also had three goals for Aarhus, which was relegated to the second division after last season.

Based on my research and input from Insider loyalists and Twitter followers, the other Americans to accomplish it were:

1990-91: Earnie Stewart for Willem II (Netherlands) against Sparta and Den Haag.

1992: Eric Wynalda for Saarbrucken (Germany) in a cup match vs. Kickers Emden.

1992: Mike Masters for Colchester (England) vs. Barrow.

1994: John Kerr Jr. for Millwall (England) vs. Derby County.

1998: David Wagner for Guetersloh (Germany) vs. Mainz.

2001: Ante Razov for Ferrol (Spain) vs. Compostela.

2004: Chris Cleary for Worksop (England) over Droylsden in the FA Cup.

2006: Jeremiah White for Gueugnon (France) vs. Montpellier.

2007: Charlie Davies for Hammarby (Sweden) vs. GAIS.

2007: Michael Bradley for Heerenveen (Netherlands) vs. Groningen.

2008: Ryan Guy for St. Patrick's Athletic (Ireland) vs. Shamrock Rovers.

2008: Matt Taylor for Koblenz (Germany) vs. Kaiserslautern.

Unofficial match this year: Jon-Paul Pittman had three goals in four minutes for Wycombe Wanderers against Chelsea in preseason.

Can you think of any others?

By Steve Goff  | September 22, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
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Well done, Benny!! (And Sanel Kapidzic to a lesser extent)

Earnie Stewart never scored three for Breda? That would have been my answer to the trivia question.

Posted by: IamAM | September 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I saw Roy Lassiter score 4 against Joe Public way back. No, that's not the toughest opponent but neither are the ones listed above.

I hope Skive's team nickname is not "the skidmarks".

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 22, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I believe nine different players scored three or more goals against I-270's U8 team last spring.

Other than that, I'm drawing a blank.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 22, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm always amused when Steve gives us a link to a foreign language website. OK, lots of readers will understand Spanish, but Danish? It's not the kind of Danish that Rand-al-Thor knows from eating the continental breakfast at Holiday Inn Express when his kids' teams travel.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse


We're waiting for today's Marcello Gallardo update. Or is it coming in the evening edition of the Soccer Insider?



Posted by: jayrockers | September 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ante Razov scored a hat trick in the Spanish 2nd division for Racing de Ferrol:

Also... does David Wagner count? I recall him scoring a hat trick for Gutersloh in the late 90s, although finding proof would require more German than I can muster.

Posted by: amoffett1 | September 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Razov tip! I have added it to the list.

Gallardo? Huh?

Posted by: Steve Goff | September 22, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Giuseppe Rossi had a hat trick in a preseason friendly against Spurs.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 22, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Joe Max?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Joel, Goff refers to "a select group of Americans... recording a hat trick for a European club."

Roy "Where's My TV" Lassiter had a stint in Serie B Genoa, to whom the Mutiny loaned him in winter '96. If I recall correctly, a few years ago, Genoa fans voted one of the worst ever Genoa players of the last 20 years.

Pre-MLS, Lassiter did quite well for a Costa Rican club, and scored quite a few goals. But Alajuelense isn't in Europe.

"not the toughest opponent but neither are the ones listed above"

Groningen was good enough to qualify for Europe the year that Bradley put three past them. Derby barely missed promotion to the Premiership the year before, and made it the next year. And Chelsea aren't exactly a pub league team, even if it was a friendly.

On the other hand, Lassiter's hat trick plus one was in the questionable era of CONCACAF Championships, when the whole tournament was played in one weekend at a participant's stadium. It was too much even for Jack Warner, who never lets anything get between him and a giant heap of cash, who moved the "competition" the next year to Vegas, and the attempts to make the tournament credible as a competition, with home and away games, began after that.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | September 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cleary (Boston College grad) did it for Worksop Town in the 2004 FA Cup (see final entry here) ...

Posted by: randallkim | September 22, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

We're waiting for today's Marcello Gallardo update. Or is it coming in the evening edition of the Soccer Insider?



Posted by: jayrockers

With that bad knee he's sitting out for now. You might consider trying that yourself.


Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | September 22, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Yep, I remembered rightly: David Wagner scored a hat trick in 1998 for Gutersloh against Mainz:

I'm sorry, get a what? What is this "life" to which you refer?

Posted by: amoffett1 | September 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Not entirely sure what the rules are here, but I found this nugget on the internet:

In 2004, Boston College product, midfielder Chris Cleary became the first American to net a hat-trick in the FA Cup. He led Worksop Town FC to an upset (I assume) over Doncaster Rovers.

Cleary's bio:

Also worth noting, for those who've forgotten this bit of trivia (I had), the very first World Cup hat-trick was scored in 1930 by USA player Bert Patenaude, in a 3-0 win over Paraguay. Not what you're looking for, but worth remembering.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

And, while we're on the subject of Americans...Eric Lichaj did join Brad Guzan in Villa's starting lineup, and the Villans beat Blackburn. If he can start getting some playing time, ya gotta figure he might nail down a USA starting slot in 2014. He should get an invite to the South Africa match....

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Oops -- props to Randallkim, who must have got on the Google before me....I found the same page. Nice piece, actually. Worth checking out -- including the props given to the DCU-Revs classic playoff tussle that may long be considered the best game in MLS history.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the tips!
The list grows.....

Posted by: Steve Goff | September 22, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the tips!
The list grows.....

Posted by: Steve Goff | September 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Remembered another. The Bemulleted One, Matt Taylor, also scored a hat trick in B2 for Koblenz in 2008.

It seemed like he might take off in Germany, but his career stalled out next season. Looks like he's found a home at Rot Weiss Ahlen, where he's off to a decent start--2 goals in 3 games.

Posted by: amoffett1 | September 22, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Gallardo? Huh?

posted by: Steve Goff

You've already mentioned him in updates on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I figured you lost a bet and had to pay off with mentions everyday. I'll take your reply to my question as Wednesday's fulfillment.



Posted by: jayrockers | September 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Rot Weiss Ahlen sounds like a beer. Everyone drink!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the tips!
The list grows.....

Posted by: Steve Goff

That's hilarious! Even the Goffer double-posts!!

Posted by: DrBeaker | September 22, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't knock it, I-270. Those Danish are pretty good -- especially the apple-filled versions. But avoid the muffins.

I'm impressed with the number of people who know their American soccer history. Great stuff!

Hey Steve, I once scored a hat-trick against Pollo Verde at Sports Network in Manassas. Does that count?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 22, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Der måtte overtid til, for at AGF kunne sikre sig en plads i 4. runde af Ekstra Bladet Cup. Efter 3-3 i den ordinære kamp blev det 6-3 til AGF over Skive. Både Benny Feilhaber og Sanel Kapidzic scorede tre gange.

= "AGF needed overtime to secure its place in the 4th round of the Ekstra Bladet (a tabloid sponsoring the tournament; page 3 photos recommended) Cup. After 3-3 in regular time, it ended 6-3 for AGF over Skive. Both Benny Feilhaber and Sanel Kapidzic scored three times."

I always knew learning Danish would come in handy some day....

Posted by: troy6 | September 23, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

How far down the league ladder are you going with this? Germany's Kreispokals Cup, which I think is a regional competition.

Jed Hohlbein of Middleton, Wis., had a hat trick in 6 minutes, scoring in the 18th, 21st and 24th minutes, in VfB Süsterfeld's 7-2 rout of TSV 1892 Vellmar in May 2009.

Posted by: bulldogric | September 24, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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