Los Angeles Soccer: Eric Avila

MLS: Unprotected locals -- yes or no?

November, 23, 2010
11/23/10
1:10
PM PT

Twenty-one players with Southland roots will be available to the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday's Major League Soccer expansion draft.

The full list of available players can be found at MLS's Web site.

Here are the local guys on the unprotected list:

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MLS PLAYOFFS: Seeing red in Frisco

October, 31, 2010
10/31/10
8:32
AM PT

A look at Saturday's MLS postseason action:

IN BRIEF: Two harsh red cards -- one to Real Salt Lake playmaker extraordinaire Javier Morales -- mar FC Dallas' 2-1 comeback triumph captured on former UC Santa Barbara standout Eric Avila's late strike. … New York heads home with a 1-0 advantage after Joel Lindpere lifts the Red Bulls at San Jose.

BEST PLAYER: Lindpere might not get the press that DPs Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel attract, but the Estonian midfielder clearly is the Red Bulls' MVP this year -- and he tormented the Earthquakes in New York's win. He had the lone goal, a superbly placed shot from a tight angle past a diving Jon Busch and inside the right post from a poorly headed clearance, and would've had another had Jason Hernandez not been stationed on the goal line.

BEST GOAL: Two candidates from FC Dallas' victory. Hard to beat Fabian Espindola's blast, from Andy Williams' ball from the midfield stripe, into the upper-left corner to give RSL a fifth-minute lead. But beat it Avila's bender into the left-side netting did. The 88th-minute winner, less than a minute after he came on for Jair Benitez, was a splendid finish to an invigorating clash.

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