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April 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Schmid talks about new MLS acquisition Benny Feilhaber

feilhaber2.jpgPhoto credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. — Both Chivas USA and Philadelphia passed on Feilhaber. He has just been assigned to the New England Revolution, which was the third team in the league’s allocation order.

During Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid’s meeting with the media today I asked him about Benny Feilhaber, both his history with the 26-year-old midfielder and if there’s any interest in bringing the U.S. national to Seattle…

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(What do you know about Benny Feilhaber? He’s a UCLA guy and wasn’t he with you with the U.S. U-20s?) “Yeah, obviously I have a lot of respect for Benny as a player. He walked on at UCLA, wasn’t a guy who got a scholarship. When I took over the under-20 team I had seen him play so I called him into the under-20 team. He had never been on any state team or national or regional teams, and then he did really well for us. He started for us at the youth world championships and that’s what catapulted him into a contract with Hamburg. From there everybody knows where he’s gone. He’s a technical midfielder. He’s good with the ball. He’s a good passer of the ball. Over the years he’s played a little more outside midfield now than inside midfield. He’s certainly a quality player and it’s good to see him come back to the league.”

(As far as I know he doesn’t have a team yet. Any interest in bringing him to Seattle?) “Well we’re way down on the list so it’s a matter of what Chivas wants to do. Anytime when you’re looking at a player there’s a number of things you have to look at. When you bring in a player that makes ‘X’ amount of money, that means you also have to move a player that makes ‘X’ amount of money. It’d be easy to say, ‘Let’s bring this guy in and replace this guy who’s making a different sum of money.’ You just can’t do that. You have to look at all the ramifications. What are the ramifications on the salary cap, etc.? Can you get two players for the price of that one player? Does that make you a better team? Those are the things you deal with when you have a cap. If you’re a European coach you don’t deal with that stuff.”

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