Avila appears headed to Guadalajara’s Atlas

FC Dallas is planning to loan former UCSB star Eric Avila to Mexican First Division team CF Atlas of Guadalajara.

Avila, a 2008 Generation adidas contract signee, who helped UCSB win the 2006 NCAA national title, has played sparingly for FC Dallas this season. He has one goal and two assists in 359 minutes of play.

In his last seven games, he has played 28 total minutes and gone as an unused substitute in four of the matches.

According to FC Dallas, Atlas had expressed interest in obtaining Avila, 23, for their fall Apertura season.

Atlas is known for developing top young talent, many of whom have gone on to play important roles for the Mexican National Team.

Known for his ability to create scoring chances off the dribble, Avila delivered some late-game heroics in FC Dallas’ 2010 run to MLS Cup, scoring the winning goal over Real Salt Lake in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal at Pizza Hut Park. The club went on to win the first Western Conference championship in franchise history.