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.”
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?