With the primary registration window closing tonight for Major League Soccer, one team is set to cash in thanks to the league's Allocation Order and sign US Men's National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber.
According to Feilhaber's agent Lyle Yorks, the 26-year-old has signed a contract with the league.
Congrats to Benny Feilhaber--officially coming back to MLS!! All finalized a few minutes ago!
Feilhaber has spent the last three years of his career with Danish side AGF Aarhus. He played in 53 games with AGF and scored five goals during that time.
As a member of the US National Team, Feilhaber was a part of the 23-man squad that played in last year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
According to the most recent allocation order list, Chivas USA will have the first crack at Feilhaber, with the Philadelphia Union and the New England Revolution rounding out the top three. Chivas can pass on Feilhaber and will have until Tuesday to do so, after then his rights will go to the Union should they decide to sign the midfielder.
MLS uses the allocation system for placing players, such as Feilhaber, who are national team members returning to America from overseas. It is the same way Kenny Cooper signed with the Portland Timbers and how Charlie Davies ended up with DC United.
Considering the lack of depth in the midfield right now for Robin Fraser and Chivas USA, passing on a player like Feilhaber makes little sense. He could be the creative link in the midfield that the club has been missing out on so far this season.