By IVES GALARCEP
When Toronto FC traded for French striker Eric Hassli, it was believed that the high-priced forward could potentially be a solid long-term solution for TFC.
It appears he has no intention of sticking around long enough to make that happen.
Sources tell SBI that Hassli has requested a move away from Toronto FC, with the club in the unenviable position of trying to offload a big-salary player in a league with few options for him (a move back to Europe would seem to make the most sense).
Toronto FC isn’t going to make it easy for Hassli though. When asked on Tuesday about whether Hassli had in fact requested a trade, and whether TFC was planning to trade Hassli, Toronto FC president Kevin Payne would not confirm it. His response, however, seemed very pointed, revealing and defiant.
“Eric Hassli is under contract for 2013,” Payne said. “We’ll decide where Eric Hassli plays this year. Not Eric Hassli.”
Toronto FC acquired Hassli last summer in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick and 2013 international player slot. Hassli managed three goals and two assists in seven matches after joining Toronto. The former Vancouver Whitecaps striker has managed 15 goals and seven assists in 51 career MLS matches.
What do you think of this development? Think Hassli is worth trading for within MLS, or do you think it’s time for the enigmatic Frenchman to return to Europe?
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