WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 7: Eric Avila #12 of FC Dallas controls the ball against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on May 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Eric Avila In Guadalajara To Discuss Loan Deal With Atlas

FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila is discussing a loan to Atlas, a move that could jumpstart his career

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Eric Avila Loan Deal With Atlas Falls Through

After spending one week in Guadalajara, Mexico with FMF side Atlas, a potential six-month loan deal for FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila fell through according to an article on MLSSoccer.com. 

Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman said things just didn't work out between the two sides.

"I'm not aware of all the circumstances, but I don't think every ‘i' was dotted and every ‘t' was crossed, so he's back," said Hyndman after training. "And just from my point of view, a breakdown in communication."     

Avila returned to practice in Dallas on Wednesday and didn't want to comment on the situation.

"There will be a statement later on," Avila said. "I'm not going to comment on that right now but it should be later on today or tomorrow, but a statement will be available through the club."     

The broken deal is a tough one for the young midfielder. Currently, Dallas hasn't needed him or his late game heroics as players like Jackson Goncalves stepping up and Ricardo Villar are looking better in recent games. It will be tough for Avila to see any more playing time with the way things are going but with another USOC game and a Champions League play-in match set for later this month his chance could come soon enough. 

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Eric Avila Loan Could Be Good For Him And FC Dallas - Big D Soccer

It appears as if Eric Avila may be making a loan move to CF Atlas in the Mexican Primera Division. He's in Guadalajara speaking with Atlas about the potential six-month loan so things are moving along. The midfielder came into the league with plenty of hype after playing for the United States U-17 and U-20 youth teams, but has yet to find his stride. David Ferreira's injury didn't spark him either so maybe a move to Mexico will.

Whether or not he can get playing time south of the border remains a question. After all, the Primera Division is better than MLS and Avila struggled for time tin MLS. The style of play in Mexico could suit Avila better though and it appears as if the move could worth the risk, at least according to Drew Epperley of SBNation's FC Dallas blog BigDSoccer. Epperley also looks at how this could benefit Dallas by clearing up space for a new signing or even further down the road, a transfer fee. 

This is a very interesting move if it does happen. Dallas is able to free up a roster spot while Avila gets the all important time away from the club that he does need. Playing time does concern me a bit with him going to an international side like this but if they are expressing interest in him it could end up meaning a potential buy-out from Dallas to move there permanently. That kind of thing means Dallas could see a small transfer fee come their way.

Considering that Avila is both talented and not playing, there appears to be little downside for FC Dallas. He might succeed in Mexico and Dallas would get a boost from that and even if it doesn't pan out, missing a player that doesn't play much for the rest of the season isn't going to be too big of a hit for the club to take.

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Eric Avila In Guadalajara To Discuss Loan Deal With Atlas

Eric Avila joined MLS in 2008 and it was expected that he would bring some flair and creativity to a league that has been criticized for being too physical and not dynamic enough at times. He hasn't exactly gotten that chance, struggling to get on the field for FC Dallas, but it appears as if he might find another way onto the pitch by leaving MLS temporarily. The 23-year-old has flown to Guadalajara to discuss a six-month loan with CF Atlas of the Mexican Primera Division, a move that might jumpstart a career that has somewhat stalled.

A star on the United States' U-17 and U-20 youth teams, there were high hopes for Avila. It took him a while to get going with Dallas, but a sensational game-winning goal in last year's playoffs to get past Real Salt Lake appeared to have gotten him on track. It didn't quite happen though. He's played only 359 minutes this season, scoring once and picking up two assists.

Whether Avila is good enough to play with Atlas remains to be seen. The loan hasn't even been completed yet, but it appears as if the club would be a good fit for him. Presumably new manager Ruban Omar Romano will play a diamond midfield where the center midfielders are asking to be very active, playing both inside and sliding out wide to follow the ball when necessary. That kind of role would fit the very versatile Avila well if he can prove he's capable of playing at that level.

It appears as if there is a good chance the loan is made official. The terms of the loan and whether or not there will be an option to buy remain unclear.

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