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Report: Toronto FC trade new signing Max Urruti for Bright Dike

Sep 9, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Maximiliano Urruti

In one of the strangest transfer stories in Major League Soccer history, Argentine forward Max Urruti has reportedly been traded to the Portland Timbers less than a month after he signed for Toronto.

According to various sources in Toronto, Urruti has been ushered out of BMO Field after playing just two games and 37 minutes for the Reds.

The deal is made even stranger after Urruti, 22, was chased by Toronto for much of the summer as they spotted him during an offseason scouting trip to South America.

(MORE: Looking back at a strange decision as Portland beat Toronto)

However the big reason why Urruti has been shipped to Portland is because Toronto’s former GM Kevin Payne was fired last week. Payne was a huge advocate of the young Argentine striker and after he left the club there was bound to be player casualties. Urruti is the first.

But hang on a minute, have Toronto got a really good deal here?

Yes, Portland Timbers forward Bright Dike is currently recovering after tearing his ACL but the Nigerian international forward was on one hell of a rip before that devastating knee injury occurred. The former Notre Dame product scored five goals in 11 games at the end of the 2012 MLS season after spending time on loan with the LA Blues to regain confidence.

I’ve actually played against Dike in my college days and I will tell you this, he is a monster. Physically one of the strongest strikers I’ve ever seen, Dike has a thunderous shot, pace to burn and is a real handful for any defense in MLS.

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Dike, center, could prove to be a forward that will thrive at Toronto.

In fact when I squared up against him, in the opening 30 minutes he broke our goalkeepers collar bone in a challenge and also managed to break another defenders nose. That being said it all depends on how he returns from an injured ACL. That dreaded acronym has brought the end to many soccer careers but Dike could become something special in Toronto.

As for Urruti, the move to Portland makes some sense as they will aim to kick start their season following a string of inept displays before their 4-0 pummeling of TFC on Sunday. This is when that deal will have been thrashed out, as Dike is continuing his comeback from injury and Toronto looked to offload a forward their former GM rated highly, but obviously others withing the organization do not.

And Urruti will relish playing in front of fellow Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri, as the duo regularly squared off against each other in the Argentine Primera Division in the past.

Who got the better deal in this peculiar trade. Portland or Toronto?

  1. hildezero - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Bright Dike? Damn! It must of sucked to have that name in high school.

    • claykavalier - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      FYI, it’s pronounced Deekay, but yeah, kids are cruel.

  2. nussdorferac - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Salary is another consideration. Whether Portland will be taking on the transfer fee in the salary or whether Toronto will be helping out.

    I see both teams benefiting from this trade.

  3. sir1389 - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    This is a win-win in many respects. Dike gets the chance to start and gain more minutes instead of being behind R. Johnson and Piqiounne (when healthy), Urruti gets to be on a winning team that also wants him, Jose Valencia gets to move up the depth charts and will start to show what a special player he is, Urruti is also much younger (22) and will fit into the reserve team easier than Dike (26) who is supposed to be reaching his prime and would much rather be a starter, Portland gets a player right now that they desperately need with all their injuries, and Toronto gets a player for next year and beyond since this season is already lost for them. I honestly can’t see a losing party in this transaction.

  4. inhokewetrust - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    It’s official
    As someone who lives in Toronto and loves soccer….WHO CARES…
    Toronto is over mlse and tfc…

  5. jerichowhiskey - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I cannot wait for Urruti’s interview to see how he will be adjusting to such an abrupt change.

  6. drewvt6 - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    This is American soccer we’re talking about so maybe the heads of AYSO-Toronto and AYSO-ChivasUSA can create an everyone plays tournament with oranges and juice boxes at half-time for the players and fans. Then we can have relay races and kick-offs to see which team is fastest and can kick the ball the furthest in order to determine who the final winner is. Then we can have a trophy for every player involved.

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