PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Just two days after crushing Toronto FC 4-0, the Portland Timbers have traded for one of its players.
The Timbers sent oft-injured forward Bright Dike and a first-round pick to Toronto Monday in exchange for Argentinian forward Maximiliano Urruti.
The 22-year-old Urruti has spent less than one month with Toronto. He was acquired by the team Aug. 16 after spending three seasons with the Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys in the Primera Division. He scored 12 goals in 56 appearances for the club.
He only appeared in two matches for Toronto.
“Maximiliano is a player we know well, one we feel will be a great fit in our system and scouted extensively prior to him signing with Toronto,” said Timbers head coach Caleb Porter in a statement. “He is a quality, young player who has cut his teeth with one of the top clubs in the Argentine first division. Urruti will complement the depth we have in the striker position, and once he is acclimated and match fit, will bring a dimension to the number nine role that we’ve been looking for.”
The 26-year-old Dike hinted at the trade Monday morning via Twitter.
Along with Dike, Toronto will receive the Timbers’ lowest first-round pick in the 2015 MLS Draft — if the Timbers get two first-rounders – and allocation money. The international roster slot acquired from Toronto will expire Dec. 31, 2013. In the MLS there are a total of 152 international slots that are split among the 19 clubs. There is no limit to how many slots a team can have.
Dike, an Oklahoma City native, has been with the Timbers since their debut in 2011. He was one of the first four players signed before their move into the MLS. Prior to that, he played one season with the Timbers in 2010 while they were still in the USSF Division 2 Professional League.
However, he missed significant chunks of the 2011 and 2013 seasons with devastating injuries. On Feb. 4, 2011, he ruptured his Achilles during a preseason game. He returned for the 2012 season, appearing in 12 matches and scoring 5 goals. However, on Feb. 5, 2013, he tore his left ACL during another preseason game. He missed about six months, returning Aug. 31 in a match for the Timbers Reserves.
“Anytime you trade a player that is of the character and ability as Bright Dike, it’s not an easy decision,” Porter said. “But, we felt this was the right move for our club, short- and long-term.”
— Faris Tanyos