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The San Antonio Scorpions have taken advantage of the culls of MLS squads as they pounced to score Eric Hassli on a free-transfer after he was released from FC Dallas, the club announced on Tuesday.

Hassli has already joined the team, practicing with his new colleagues on Tuesday before the announcement was made, and is quite a coup for the Scorpions.

It was not that long ago, 2011 in fact, that Hassli was a designated player in MLS joining the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps as their first ever designated player.

Since leaving Vancouver Hassli went to Toronto before ending his life in MLS at FC Dallas who released him last week, allowing the Scorpions to swoop in.

Hassli is probably best remembered from his stint in Vancouver for two very notable incidents for very different reasons.

The first was his 2011 goal of the year contendor, a strike with an impressive volley from the edge of the area, that flew in to the top left hand corner, stunning the Seattle Sounders.

His second incident is one less useful to Vancouver but equally infamous in MLS lore as Hassli earned what may be the dumbest red card in MLS history.

After earning a yellow card earlier in the match Hassli stepped up and scored a penalty before celebrating by ripping off his jersey and throwing it in to the crowd.

Hassli thought he would get away with the indiscretion as he was wearing another jersey underneath, but his foolish move earned him a second yellow card in the silliest fashion imaginable.

When Hassli is on form he can be phenomenal, but those brain malfunctions are far too common for the veteran, and certainly cost him his MLS career.

Perhaps Hassli’s most impressive goal was barely seen by MLS fans, as he scored a screamer of a volley for Vancouver against Toronto in the Canadian Championship that earned him a Puskas award nomination. (That goal can be viewed here)

The Frenchman will need to keep his head in check as he will be expected to be a leader in the San Antonio attack, which is certainly looking intimidating.

The challenge for the Scorpions will be keeping Hassli in check, and then if they do, stopping other teams from coming in and pinching the veteran forward, who, at 32, certainly has some good years left in him.

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