Take your shot.
Available: 26-year-old US National and World Cup vet fresh off a sparkling season in Denmark’s 2nd division complete with a host of assists.
Solid in possession and at best when attacking in a free-flowing system. Occasionally lacks focus on the field and has more than an occasional aversion to adhering to the defensive system.
Has spent time growing up in Hamburg’s solid youth-reserve system.
The allocation order for the rights to procure the Irvine, CA’s services for the rest of the year and-or trade him is as follows: Chivas USA, Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC to start.
The price tag? At a premium. Around $335,000 for the right to Free Benny.
Chivas USA: (10 to 1) Robin Fraser’s first year and the former RSL coach values defense and defense. He hasn’t been afraid to clean house and is focused at integrating his system as oppose to integrating a specific player (witness Justin Braun moved to a wide forward position and now to the bench.) While Feilhaber hails from nearby Irvine, a better chance that Chivas passes for now.
Philadelphia Union: (15 to 1) Piotr Nowak’s crew is flying right now and with Sebu Le Toux firmly entrenched as the offensive catalyst and Brian Carroll now rounding out the midfield, Feilhaber’s addition is not critical and might upset the balance for the Unionista.
My hunch is that Union only take Feilhaber if they intend to deal. They’ve got the development of Mwanga and perhaps–if they can somehow secure him long term–Roger Torres from América de Cali who they’ve spent time developing
New England Revolution: (5 to 1) Despite adding forward Rajko Lekic to the striker corps, the Revs–who didn’t find the answer in Fred–still need a complement for Shalrie Joseph in the midfield. Feilhaber would be a heck of a splash, but does a fiscally frugal management team open up the wallet?
Houston Dynamo: (4 to 1) The ill-advised Geoff Cameron experiment continues in the middle.The Dynamo just picked up Koke to play up top, but the investment in Feilhaber would be a minimal one as insurance against filling the forthcoming stadium.
I could see this happening.
Seattle Sounders (4 to 1) The cap room and the need for a catalyst to play in Zakuani or Montero every other possession. Given that the Sounders dropped Blaise N’Kufo before season’s beginning and that they’ll likely lose Zakuani or Montero at the end of the season, this seems like a good gambit.
They’ll likely need a trade though.
Los Angeles Galaxy (20 to 1) If only Feilhaber had played for the US natties in 2002 or 2006, Bruce Arena would be doing everything possible.