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Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 04/15/2011

U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber signs with MLS; Chivas USA has 1st option

U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber has signed with MLS and is expected to join Chivas USA.

Feilhaber, 26, is leaving Danish club Aarhus after 2 1/2 seasons. A transfer fee was involved but the amount not initially disclosed.

Chivas USA is first on the MLS allocation ranking, which is utilized when U.S. national team players sign with the league. Chivas has until Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET to decide whether to accept the salary negotiated with the league and formally acquire him, a league spokesman said. Feilhaber is from Irvine, Calif., and spent two years at UCLA.

The Philadelphia Union is second on the allocation ranking, putting the second-year club in position to acquire the next U.S. national player who signs with MLS — Eddie Johnson, perhaps? — if Chivas claims Feilhaber. The New England Revolution is third and Houston Dynamo fourth.

Feilhaber, who has made 38 U.S. appearances since 2007, entered in the second half of three World Cup matches last summer. He seems likely for selection to the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

Before joining Aarhus, which was relegated to the second division last year, Feilhaber played for Hamburg and Derby County.

UPDATE: A source close to the situation says Chivas is considering passing on the opportunity to acquire Feilhaber (in order to maintain the top slot in the allocation ranking) or trading his rights.

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