NEW YORK – US national-team midfielder Benny Feilhaber is on his way to MLS.
The 2010 World Cup player, who was recently a member of Danish second-division club AGF Aarhus, has agreed to an MLS contract just before Friday's international transfer deadline and will be assigned by the MLS allocation rankings as per league rules on returning US national-team players.
Chivas USA currently sit atop the allocation rankings (see below) and have until Tuesday, April 19 at 5 pm ET to evaluate whether to use their allocation position to claim Feilhaber. The Goats may also choose to take the former UCLA player and trade him. However, selecting Feilhaber would drop Chivas USA to the bottom of the allocation rankings.
A Chivas USA spokesman told MLSsoccer.com on Friday that the club would not make a decision on Feilhaber until the conclusion of the team's match at Vancouver on Saturday at the very earliest.
The move to MLS involves a transfer fee which will be incorporated into the budget charge. However, the budget charge represented by the player's contract and transfer fee will not make Feilhaber a Designated Player.
CURRENT ALLOCATION RANKINGS (as of Friday, April 15)
1. Chivas USA
3. New England
7. Kansas City
10. New York
11. Real Salt Lake
12. San Jose
13. Los Angeles
15. Colorado Rapids
16. Vancouver Whitecaps
17. Portland Timbers
18. D.C. United