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Feilhaber signs with MLS on transfer deadline day


US national-team midfielder Benny Feilhaber is on his way to MLS.

The 2010 World Cup player, who was recently a member of Danish second-division club AGF Aarhus, has agreed to an MLS contract just before Friday's international transfer deadline and will be assigned by the MLS allocation rankings as per league rules on returning US national-team players.

Chivas USA currently sit atop the allocation rankings (see below) and have until Tuesday, April 19 at 5 pm ET to evaluate whether to use its allocation position to claim Feilhaber. The Goats may also choose to take the former UCLA player and trade him. However, selecting Feilhaber would drop Chivas USA to the bottom of the allocation rankings.

The move to MLS involves a transfer fee which will be incorporated into the budget charge. However, the budget charge represented by the player's contract and transfer fee will not make Feilhaber a designated player.

CURRENT ALLOCATION RANKINGS (as of Friday, April 15, 2011)

  1. Chivas USA
  2. Philadelphia
  3. New England
  4. Houston
  5. Toronto
  6. Chicago
  7. Kansas City
  8. Seattle
  9. Columbus
  10. New York
  11. Real Salt Lake
  12. San Jose
  13. Los Angeles
  14. FC Dallas
  15. Colorado Rapids
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps
  17. Portland Timbers
  18. D.C. United