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San Antonio Scorpions sign ex-Zurich, Vancouver striker Hassli

North American Soccer League side San Antonio Scorpions have pulled off a major coup with the signing of French striker Eric Hassli.

The 32-year old former Metz, FC Zurich and Vancouver Whitecaps forward has joined the Scorpions ahead of the 2014 NASL season following his departure from MLS side FC Dallas.

Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina was thrilled to have been able to lure Hassli to Toyota Field to continue his successful 14-year club career in Texas.

"Hassli is a landmark signing for our club," said Marcina.

"Hassli has been a designated player in MLS, has playing experience in French and Swiss top leagues in addition to Champions League. This is one more step to position ourselves to achieve our objective of competing for a NASL championship."

Hassli first arrived in North America when he joined the Whitecaps in 2011 before moving to Canadian rivals Toronto FC the following year.

Earlier in his career, Hassli spent time with Southampton (briefly on loan in 2002), Neuchatel Xamax, Servette, FC St Gallen and Valenciennes. He was a part of the MLS All-Star squad in 2011 and was also a finalist in the 2012 FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year when he scored a stunner for Vancouver.

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