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Avila sent to Toronto FC after Atlas deal doesn’t pan out


Last month, Eric Avila was envisioning himself playing soccer in Mexico. Now, he’s a member of Toronto FC.

Avila, an attacking midfielder, was acquired by Toronto FC from FC Dallas Tuesday in a deal that sent forward Maicon Santos the other way.

Maicon Santos had struggled when placed into the midfield of coach Aron Winter’s 4-3-3 setup. While his strike rate was decent, with 10 goals in 32 games, he also found himself in the manager’s bad books for indifferent play. The final straw likely came on July 23, when Winter yanked the Brazilian in the first half as a tactical move.

“We are very happy to add Eric Avila to our club, he is an attacking midfielder that fits into our immediate and long term plans,” said Winter in a release. “All of the trades that we have made in the last few weeks have been to acquire players who fulfill a specific need for our team or fit into our style of play philosophy. I’d like to thank Maicon for his contributions to our club and for serving as captain. We wish him well with his new club.”

Eric Avila

In Avila, TFC gets a playmaking midfielder who has plenty of potential. But, can TFC keep him long-term?

In July, Avila traveled to Mexico to finalize a six-month loan deal with Atlas. But, after a week of negotiations, the deal fell through, and Avila returned to Texas. But it was clear that Atlas had interest in Avila — FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said there were some minor issues in the contract that sabotaged the deal.

Avila was drafted in the second round of the 2008 SuperDraft by FC Dallas, and was a Generation Adidas player.

Avila came in as an extra-time sub for FC Dallas in the 2010 MLS Cup held at BMO Field, which Dallas lost to the Colorado Rapids by a 2-1 count.

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  1. kcisoul

    August 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    So we trade our leading scorer for a guy we might lose in the end? How stupid is that? Santos needs to go but the player we trade him for leaving would be horrible.

    • Steven Sandor

      August 3, 2011 at 5:03 am

      We can’t say for sure if Avila will be in Toronto long-term. But we can say for sure that TFC was definitely option B. The preferred option was to get the loan deal, head to Atlas.

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