It has been a long and hard fought road back to full strength for FC Dallas forward Eric Hassli. The French striker came to Frisco with a bit of an injury in preseason and has been working hard ever since to get back to 100 percent.
The hard work is starting to pay off as he was rewarded with about 30 minutes of playing time against the LA Galaxy in the 1-0 win on Saturday evening. Good thing he was out there as he helped head the ball on to goal for George John to finish it off in the 88th minute.
"This was a good game to put him on because we knew we had the opportunity to play with two strikers, being up a man," said FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman. "I think he did fine."
Hassli said after the game on Saturday that he is getting more comfortable with his new club and that his ability to produce on the offensive end is starting to return. Shortly after the Dallas goal, Hassli found himself in a spot just outside the 18-yard box. He made a slight cut on a Galaxy defender and then sent a shot on goal that ended up going into the Beer Garden.
While the shot wasn't great, it was something that Hassli was happy to do as he is returning to full strength.
"Its good because it has been a long time," said Hassli. "So I'm just getting my sensation, that's how I feel better when I try to shoot on goal. Its getting better every week for me."
The playing time for Hassli could improve in the coming weeks as he sets to face his old club the Vancouver Whitecaps twice over the next two weeks. Hassli said he is looking forward to returning to his first MLS stop.
"Being in Vancouver is going to be really special," said Hassli. "I know I had a great time there. But when the game is going to start, I'm going to fight for three points. But I'm not going to lie and say its going to be the same game and all. I had a great year and a half there and great memories of the city."
The Frenchman wanted to point out however that getting the three points at home first is the most important thing to him as the season moves forward.
"But we have a home game first, hopefully we continue to go where we are going with the hard work and win the game here."