Hassli sad to depart Vancouver Whitecaps for Toronto FC

French striker Eric Hassli was on Friday traded by Vancouver Whitecaps to Toronto FC.

The 31-year old has departed BC Place after a year-and-a-half with the Whitecaps in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick and an international roster spot in 2013.

Hassli, who joined Vancouver from FC Zurich in March 2011, admitted it was a disappointment to be leaving but is now looking forward to a new chapter with the Reds.

“I was a champion in Zurich but we had almost 20,000 people every game in Vancouver, and when they sing your name, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said.

“That’s why I was sad [Friday]. I was shocked. I had a great time here. I love the city. I love to play here. I want to say thanks to everybody. But that’s part of the business.

“It was really two fantastic years for me, but I’m excited now to start in Toronto.”

 
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