U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber was selected by the New England Revolution in the MLS allocation process Tuesday.
Feilhaber, who appeared in three World Cup matches last summer, signed with MLS after three seasons in Denmark with Aarhus.
Chivas USA was atop the allocation ranking, which is utilized when U.S. national team players sign with the league. However, the club passed in order to retain the first slot and manage its salary cap for future acquisitions.
“Having Benny would’ve been great in our midfield but his salary would’ve been so high that we wouldn’t have been able to make any adjustments going forward,” Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser said. “The summer window coming up is an important time for us and we’d like to position ourselves to make some moves that we think are going to further improve our team.”
The Philadelphia Union was second in the allocation order but had indicated in advance that Feilhaber’s contract wouldn’t fit under its salary cap. At No. 3, the Revolution claimed Feilhaber. New England could still entertain trade offers.
The Vancouver Whitecaps (Jay DeMerit), Portland Timbers (Kenny Cooper) and D.C. United (Charlie Davies) exercised their picks before the season and moved to the back of the line.