Is Chivas USA veteran Eric Avila playing his final games for the club?
Goal.com reported late Thursday night that the midfielder has been sold to Liga MX side Santos Laguna, and will join the club officially in January for the 2015 Clausura season. In the meantime, he'll play out the remainder of the MLS season with the Goats.
According to the report, which does not list a reporter, sources tell the website Avila has been sold for about $500,000. If true, he would join Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan as CUSA players sold by the club to a foreign league.
You will likely recall that Avila joined Chivas de Guadalajara in June 2013 during the then-parent club's preseason, and said goodbye to his teammates and everything, with the expectation that he might make a permanent move to the Mexican club. According to the Goal.com report, Avila's transfer was held up due to concerns over the MLS team moving too many players. In the end, Avila returned to CUSA in early July, and has been a fairly consistent contributor to the club, under two different head coaches, ever since.
But Avila, who joined Chivas USA ahead of the 2013 season following a trade with the Colorado Rapids for Nick LaBrocca, has spoken of a desire to play in Mexico in the past, and given the apparent interest in him, and the unsettled situation with the club at the moment as it seeks an owner, it may not be a surprising move.
On one hand, if this is true, it will take away a player who has played more MLS games than any other player on the current roster, and who has a versatility and skillset that is unique on this team. At the same time, the Goats haven't made the playoffs either year he's been on the team...but I'm not placing the blame solely at his feet for that.
We'll keep an eye out for more news on this report, and see if it has legs (it probably does), and will of course provide updates as we get them. If it does turn out to be true, it may explain why Avila hasn't put out a video blog on the team website the past couple weeks...
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