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Former Toronto FC Midfielder Eric Avila Entertains with Chivas USA Video Blog

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Toronto FC Midfielder Eric Avila Entertains with Chivas USA Video Blog

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Former TFC player entertains with video blog


TORONTO - While owner-less Chivas USA has been awful this season, midfielder Eric Avila has done his bit to entertain on and off the pitch.

The former Toronto FC player sheds some light on himself and his teammates via his regular video blog "Inside the Locker Room."

A session with Erick Torres has the star Mexican forward confessing to how his unfamiliarity with the carpool lane on the freeway cost him in his first week in the U.S.

Alone in his car, and in a rush, Torres moved into the fast lane.

"Within five minutes there was a motorcyclist in back of me," he explains in Spanish. "I didn't pay attention to it. I thought he that they were in a rush as well. I continued driving because he didn't give me any signals. In five minutes, I had four other cars in back of me with the sirens on."

"They gave me quite an expensive ticket," he said before adding with a grin. "I can tell you five similar stories like that."

Avila, who speaks Spanish fluently, then playfully needles Torres for his penchant for playing Shakira.

In another instalment, Avila and teammate Eriq Zavaleta debate the merits of nearby coffee shops.

Wondering what soccer players carry in their toiletry bag? Avila opens them up to show you, poking fun at teammate Donny Toia for carrying an industrial-sized lotion bottle.

"You can't get a travel-sized lotion," Avila asks in disbelief as he holds up a bottle the size of a tank shell.

When the 26-year-old from San Diego digs into his own toiletry bag, he pulls out a sheaf of parking tickets.

In an episode on Chivas players' celebrity crushes, he holds up a photo of actress-model Kate Upton who apparently is appreciated by goalie Trevor Spangenberg

"Good stuff, buddy," Avila says after studying the Upton photo.

Avila confesses his crush is Australian model Miranda Kerr. They apparently have exchanged texts.

The video blogs, while playful and sometimes a little juvenile (the celebrity crush episode crashes and burns quickly), offer fans all sorts of insight into the Chivas players. …

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