In a surprising move, TFC announced Monday that it has traded Argentine forward Maximiliano Urruti and an international spot to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Chinedu "Bright" Dike, a 2015 first round draft pick, and allocation money.
The move comes after Urruti, who was acquired from Newell's Old Boys just under a month ago, had made just two appearances for the Reds. The 22-year-old was the subject of a season-long pursuit by Toronto's departed president and general manager Kevin Payne, and according to reports will take up a designated player spot in 2014.
“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,” Portland head coach Caleb Porter said 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.”
Dike is an American of Nigerian descent, and he earned one international cap for the African side. After a successful college career at the University of Notre Dame, Dike was drafted 12th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew.
He didn't catch on with the Ohio-based team, and eventually signed on with the then-second division Timbers. In the time since, the 26-year-old has made numerous appearances for the MLS side, and recently spent time on loan with the Los Angeles Blues in USLPro.
“We received an offer from Portland that we could simply not pass on," TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen said. "We feel good about the return we’re getting and it made sense for both clubs.
“We’d like to welcome Bright Dike to Toronto FC and wish Maximiliano all the best.”
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