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Colorado Rapids set to acquire Benny Feilhaber

Apr 29, 2018; Los Angeles , CA, USA; Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan (7) and Los Angeles FC midfielder Benny Feilhaber (33) battle for the ball in the first half of the game at Banc of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Benny Feilhaber will reportedly be Major League Soccer’s next free agent to find a new home.

The Colorado Rapids are set to acquire the United States men’s national team midfielder, who spent all of last season with Los Angeles FC, according to MLSsoccer.com.

Feilhaber turns 34 on Jan. 19 and is only guaranteed for the 2019 season, though the Rapids hold an option for 2020. If the Rapids do indeed sign Feilhaber, they’ll endure a $530,000 budget charge.

Once eligible to play for the U.S., Austria, and Brazil, Feilhaber asserted himself as a mainstay with the USMNT under former head coach Bob Bradley. He played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and helped the U.S. win the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring one of the most memorable goals in American history in extra time against Mexico.

Feilhaber, a California native, attended UCLA for two years before moving to Germany to play for Hamburger SV. He had additional stints with England’s Derby County and Denmark’s Arhaus.

In 2010, he moved to MLS and signed with the New England Revolution via the allocation order after both CD Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union turned down his services.

After just two seasons, the Revolution traded Feilhaber to Sporting KC, where he stayed from 2013 to 2017 and helped the club win the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2013 and 2017 U.S. Open Cups.

Bradley reunited with Feilhaber as manager of LAFC last year. Despite starting in 34 games, Feilhaber was deemed a surplus in midfield and was cut from the club last fall.

He is now part of a very substantive rebuild in Colorado, which has been wheeling and dealing with teams throughout the league to acquire Kei Kamara, Diego Rubio and Keegan Rosenberry.

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