[MLS] New England claimed the MLS rights to U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber Tuesday after Chivas USA and
Philadelphia, listed first and second on the league's allocation ladder, declined to take him.
Feilhaber, 26, signed with AGF Aarhus three years ago after being released by Hamburg and failing to secure a long-term contract with English club Derby County, which was relegated from the Premier League with him in the squad for the 2007-08 season.
MLS signed Feilhaber last week just before the close of the U.S. transfer window. His contract with AGF Aarhus, which was relegated to the second division last year, was due to expire during the summer. He has played 38 games for the USA, including appearances in all five Confederation Cup matches in 2009 and three of four World Cup matches last year.
He is not a Designated Player and his salary terms haven't been released, though in a statement Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser said salary-cap issues that would have resulted by adding Feilhaber were a factor in the club's decision to decline his rights.
By claiming Feilhaber, the Revs drop to the bottom of the allocation ladder. The team refused to issue any statement upon announcement of the transaction, so speculation abounds as to his salary -- a figure of $400,000 has been reported -- as well as trade possibilities.
New England has stated it intends to sign a DP during the summer; 10 days ago it signed Danish striker Rajko Lekic.