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Monday kickaround: Benny Feilhaber, Americans abroad, Bolton in Houston, D.C. United review

*Chivas USA probably won’t decide whether to claim U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber until Tuesday, a club spokesman said. Chivas is first in the allocation ranking, which is utilized when a U.S. national team player signs with MLS. The deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Chivas’ options: acquire Feilhaber, inherit his salary (I’m estimating close to $300,000) and fall to the bottom of the allocation list; claim him, lose the top slot, and trade him; pass on him and retain the first position for the next signing (Eddie Johnson? DaMarcus Beasley? Freddy Adu, if he’s considered national team caliber?)

The Philadelphia Union is second on the list, followed by the New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC and Chicago Fire.

Grabbing Feilhaber seems like a no-brainer, but with most clubs at or near their salary limits, it’s a delicate proposition.

A source told me that Aarhus, Feilhaber’s club for almost three years, offered him a new deal worth between $240,000 and $300,000 annually. I’ve also heard that MLS clubs have begun reaching out to Beasley, who is an afterthought at Hanover, and that Johnson’s contract with Fulham (on loan at Preston) is nearing an end.

*Americans abroad:

MF Alejandro Bedoya 90 minutes (goal) in Orebro’s 3-2 loss to Gefle

GK Luis Robles 90 in Karlsruhe’s 1-0 loss to Augsburg

F Conor Doyle in 18, didn’t play in Derby’s 0-0 draw with QPR

F Yevgeni Starikov 13 in Tomsk’s 2-1 loss at Nalchik

*Former Dynamo star Stuart Holden will return to Houston with Bolton for a July 20 friendly, but because of a long-term knee injury suffered a month ago in the English Premier League, he is not expected to play.

*Jeff Maurer, The Post’s witty guest blogger, reviews D.C. United’s 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.

*United’s reserve match at Toronto on Sunday morning was postponed because of snow, sleet, wind, cold, locusts.

Happy Passover.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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