Eric Hassli

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Eric Hassli is a French striker who was born in Sarrenguemines, France on 3rd May 1981. At 6ft 4" Hassli offers a powerful threat in the air at set pieces, but also has a habit of scoring spectacular goals. He began his career with local side Sarrenguemines FC in the late 1990's before signing with Metz. He made his breakthrough into the first team during 2000/01, scoring 2 goals in 18 games.

After making a handful appearances for Metz in the first half of the 2001/02 season Hassli joined Southampton on loan. He arrived at St Marys in March 2002 after impressing Gordon Strachan in a trial. He failed to make a single first team appearance before returning to Metz, but did score twice for the reserves against Coventry and Ipswich.

Hassli spent one final season with Metz in 2002/03, but was mainly used as backup. He joined Neuchatel Xamax of Switzerland the following campaign, but once again struggled to hold down a starting spot. In 2004/05 he signed for Servette. He made a decent enough start with the Swiss outfit, but was forced to leave in early 2005 when the club was declared bankrupt. Hassli then signed for St Gallen where he finally started to fulfil his potential. The Frenchman scored 13 goals in 34 games during 2005/06.

Hassli's performances in Switzerland earned him a move back to France for Valenciennes for the 2006/07 season. Unfortunately he struggled for form and was eventually dropped. He returned to Switzerland a year later, joining FC Zurich. He had an up and down four year spell at the club. He looked off the pace at first, but had a decent scoring record in his second season.

In 2011 Hassli became Vancouver Whitecaps’ first designated player. He settled in instantly in Canada, scoring a number of impressive goals, including a precisely struck right-footed volley against Toronto in 2012.