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Orlando City midfielder branded as ‘invaluable’ by Adrian Heath

Orlando City SC midfielder Eric Avila has been labelled by head coach Adrian Heath as invaluable to the injury-hit Major League Soccer Expansion Franchise.

The former FC Dallas, Toronto FC and Chivas USA star is currently on loan with Orlando City from Santos Laguna in Liga MX and has enjoyed a spell in the side recently due to the injury crisis at the club.

Adrian Heath has been quick to highlight Avila’s importance to the team: “The great thing about Eric (Avila) is that he can play in any position in midfield, and even at right-back, so he has great versatility. In a league with a salary cap, it is invaluable,” Heath told MLSsoccer.com.

“The other great thing about him is that he is a really intelligent footballer. You never need to tell him anything more than once, so I feel confident in moving him around the formation.”

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Avila seems to be enjoying his time in the side too, after scoring in the 4-0 demolition of LA Galaxy recently.

“I honestly thought I was coming in here for more of a defensive role. However, the way things have worked out, it has been really good for me. I loved the way the team played when I watched on film of them and I really enjoyed playing in this style, so having a more advanced role actually plays to my strengths.”

Avila looks set to carry on as a key player to Orlando’s campaign as they look to cement a playoff place.

How valuable is Eric Avila to Orlando City’s playoff hopes?

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