Deus Ex Machina: New England Revolution Rejoice as Feilhaber Falls from Sky

“Twice blessed is help unlooked for.”

Tolkien always understood this. If Michael Burns and Steve Nicol didn’t previously, it’s a fair bet they both do now.

The New England Revolution’s surprise acquisition of Benny Feilhaber on April 21 certainly falls into the category of help unlooked for. The Revolution (1-3-2) have looked mostly mediocre this year, save for the opener against the LA Galaxy, and are mid-table with six points from a possible 18.

“Speaking frankly,” said Burns, the Revs VP of Player Personnel, to’s Alex Labidou. “There’s no way we thought he was going to be available.”

Feilhaber, a Brazilian-born midfielder who has been capped 38 times with the US National Team, was twice passed over in the allocation draft before he fell into the laps of Burns and Nicol.

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