Edit: Portland won the lottery for Fehr.
This little bit of news snuck in late and I am just now getting around to it. Here shortly, there will be a weighted lottery to determine where US youth international Mobi Fehr, who signed with MLS on Nov. 14, will be allocated to one of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders or San Jose Earthquakes.
According to MLS roster rules, players eligible for the weighted lottery are: “Generation adidas players signed after the MLS SuperDraft or draft eligible players to whom an MLS contract was offered but who failed to sign with the League prior to the Draft.”
The 18-year old defender was apart of the U-17 national side that played in the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
According to the league release, Fehr has an interesting background. He was born in New York, but also holds Japanese and Swiss citizenship through his parents. He moved to Tokyo with his family at the age of six and came up through the youth ranks of Japanese outfit Tokyo Verdy before enjoying a short stint at Swiss powerhouse FC Basel.
The odds are very much in the Timbers favors with this lottery as they hold an 83% chance of winning. Fehr also trained with the Timbers for a few weeks back in October and November before signing with the league.
According to league rules, a team that acquires a player via weighted lottery may not do so again in the same season unless all teams have acquired a player via weighted lottery or waived their option to participate in the lottery. In Fehr’s case, the lottery will count for the upcoming 2013 season. That allows the Earthquakes, who won a weighted lottery for forward Marcus Tracy on Sept. 13, to be eligible for the Fehr lottery.
Once the results are posted I’ll have an update here with it.