Eric Avila

Avila Ready To Contribute

TORONTO – Toronto FC continues to look for ways to end its winless start to the 2012 season. One player who helped provide an added gear to the Reds’ attack last Saturday against Chivas USA was midfielder Eric Avila.

“It is disappointing the way we are going right now,” Avila told Toronto FC TV on Tuesday after training. He hasn’t started a match since the opening weekend loss in Seattle. While watching hasn’t been easy, the midfielder is prepared to contribute.

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Video: Eric Avila on Tuesday after training.

“I’m sitting patiently, getting my chances to come in as much as I can help the team out whatever minutes I get,” Avila said of his limited engagement.

Coming off the bench in the second half the midfielder carved the Chivas backline open on at least two occasions creating clear goal scoring opportunities.  The Reds were unable to find the “end product” in a 1-0 loss.

“It is hard, the intensity of the game, I’m anxious, I’m waiting, I want to go in there and help the team out as much as possible. Coming in last game was big for me just helping the team out.”

Avila, like many of his teammates, sat in disbelief with the series of spurned chances and spectacular saves by opposition goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the defeat. The key to finding a solution, he insists, is to continue with more of the same attacking football.

“At times it is luck, but we have to keep putting in the hard work because the luck will bounce our way (eventually).”

Toronto takes on Chicago Fire on Saturday at BMO Field (TSN 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET). It would be an ideal time for those bounces to start going TFC’s way.

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