Eric Hassli, 31, was traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Toronto FC. Hassli arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and was signed to one of Major League Soccer’s elite contracts as a Designated Player. He will now move from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference as Toronto FC seeks to replace its Dutch striker, Danny Koevermans, who was recently ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee injury. SInce arriving in MLS, Hassli has recorded 15 goals and 5 assists in 52 combined league and Canadian Cup appearances during his time with the Whitecaps. He was widely loved by the Vancouver faithful having been the face of the club during its inaugural MLS campaign. Prior to joining MLS, Hassli spent many years in the top leagues of France and Switzerland. He emerged as an important player in the Swiss leagues during his tenure with FC Zurich where he was particularly well accomplished as Hassli registered 39 goals between 2007-2011 and his club won a Swiss championship and qualified for UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League competitions. Upon transferring to Toronto FC, Hassli will wear his trademark #29 and will be the club’s third Designated Player along with Danny Koevermans (Holland) and Torsten Frings (Germany).
Nova Sports Group (www.NovaSportsGroup.com) is a global sports representation agency that introduces a dynamic approach to managing professional soccer athletes on the international level. Based in Washington, DC, Nova has managed transfers and/or career management strategies of over 35 professional players globally. Nova has previously worked with a number of players with MLS contracts such as Gregg Berhalter (LA Galaxy), Gustavo Cabrera (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Arguez (transfer from DC United to Hertha Berlin), Floyd Franks (Chicago Fire/Vancouver Whitecaps), Jeremiah White (New England Revolution), Mira Mupier (DC United) and Kevin Burns (Columbus Crew).
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