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FCD's Avila heads to Mexico to pursue Atlas loan deal

FC Dallas attacking midfielder Eric Avila has left for Mexico in an effort to secure a six-month loan to Mexican Primera Division side CF Atlas Guadalajara, learned Friday afternoon.

According to FC Dallas, the Mexican side has expressed interest in obtaining Avila’s services for their fall Apertura season.

The 23-year-old California native and son of Mexican parents traveled to Guadalajara and will meet with team executives in the coming days.

Avila did not suit up in FC Dallas’ most recent game on Tuesday night against USL Pro team Orlando City. Also, Friday morning he was not present at the team run-through at Pizza Hut Park before the team’s weekend game against the Columbus Crew.

After scoring the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps in late April, Avila has been used sparingly by FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. In his last seven games, Avila has played 28 total minutes and gone as an unused substitute in four of the matches.

The fourth-year MLS player has three career goals and seven assists since being drafted 19th overall in the 2008 SuperDraft.

Robert Casner covers FC Dallas for He can be reached at and on Twitter: @FCDallasBeatGuy