Revs add Feilhaber for playmaking, experience
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired US international midfielder Benny Feilhaber through the allocation process, the club announced on Wednesday morning.
Feilhaber, 26, signed with MLS last Friday and waited to hear about his eventual home over the past few days. Chivas USA and Philadelphia passed on the former AGF Aarhus schemer with the first and second choices in the allocation order Tuesday, but the Revs did not hesitate to snap up Feilhaber last night when he fell to them at No. 3.
The World Cup veteran is expected to arrive in Massachusetts on Thursday for his entrance physical and train with his new teammates for the first time on Friday. Feilhaber's arrival should infuse the Revolution with added doses of experience and precision in midfield, according to New England coach Steve Nicol.
“Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball,” Nicol told MLSsoccer.com after the Revolution's training session this morning. “We've got a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt, has loads and loads of both. It makes sense.
“It's pretty straightforward,” Nicol added. “We had a chance to get a football player and we took that chance.”
It appeared at one point Tuesday night that New England might decide to trade Feilhaber to one of several interested clubs. Although the Revs did listen to those inquiries, they decided that they couldn't pass up the chance to retain Feilhaber and slot him straight into their squad.
“If somebody's going to be crazy and offer the world, then you'd have to think about it,” Nicol said. “That wasn't a factor. It was pretty straightforward. When you get a chance for a guy who can play the game, you take it.”
By seizing on the opportunity to pick up Feilhaber and shunning the opportunity to send him elsewhere, the Revs believe they have a secured a creative attacking outlet who can change games and strengthen their side for the foreseeable future.
“That's what we hope,” Nicol said. “That's the whole point. We're just looking forward to getting him in and seeing what he can give us.”