Whitecaps deal Hassli to Toronto FC

Whitecaps deal Hassli to Toronto FC

MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps

Whitecaps deal Hassli to Toronto FC

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Toronto FC were in desperate need of a proven striker and the Vancouver Whitecaps just happened to be looking to get rid of one.

The result was the second straight Friday blockbuster trade for the Whitecaps, who sent French forward Eric Hassli to Toronto FC for a first-round draft pick in 2014 and an international player slot through the 2013 season.

Hassli had already lost his starting role in Vancouver before the team signed Scottish national team striker Kenny Miller, and the emergence of rookie Darrent Mattocks made Hassli expendable much the way Sebastien LeToux became expendable in Vancouver.

Toronto FC lands a quality forward who, though a tough enigmatic, can pick up some of the scoring slack left by the loss of Danny Koevermans to a season-ending knee injury. Hassli will slide into a starting role for a TFC side that will be competing in the CONCACAF Champions League, and still has an outside chance of pushing for a playoff spot after a strong run under interim head coach Paul Mariner.

What do you think of the trade? Think Vancouver gave him away too cheaply? See Hassli thriving in Toronto?

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