Okay, this is a first. A link to an Ives Galarcep story:
Sources tell SBI that Hassli has requested a move away from Toronto FC, with the club in the unenviable position of trying to offload a big-salary player in a league with few options for him (a move back to Europe would seem to make the most sense).
Toronto FC isn’t going to make it easy for Hassli though. When asked on Tuesday about whether Hassli had in fact requested a trade, and whether TFC was planning to trade Hassli, Toronto FC president Kevin Payne would not confirm it. His response, however, seemed very pointed, revealing and defiant.
“Eric Hassli is under contract for 2013,” Payne said. “We’ll decide where Eric Hassli plays this year. Not Eric Hassli.”
Eric Hassli’s kind of an interesting figure at Toronto FC. He’s the guy that Toronto FC (or MLSE) felt nothing about re-upping as a Designated Player almost immediately before the club hired former DC United president Kevin Payne to lead the club. That to me was a plain as day indication that MLSE’s union with Payne was a shotgun wedding, perhaps engineered by Don Garber, because he sometimes has to be that guy.
Hassli was also part and parcel of the reason why Toronto FC were unable to convince Garber to let them have Olof Mellberg last year. Whether or not the club made the final push for Olof before or after nabbing Hassli is the subject of much debate. Which is to say, much debate between the usual ten people.
Anyway, I linked to Ives!