After several false starts, the 22-year-old finally transferred to the Major League Soccer side from Argentina on Friday.A season-long transfer saga has finally come to an end as Toronto FC announced the signing of Argentine attacker Maximiliano Urruti on Friday.
“Maximiliano is a promising young striker and he is a natural goal scorer,” said Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen. “He has great character and work ethic and we are really excited to have him join Toronto.”
The 22-year-old joins TFC after being linked with the team since the preseason. A deal fell through that would have seen Urruti become a Red at the same time as countryman Matias Laba, who transferred from Argentinos Juniors in May; however, Urruti remained with Newell's Old Boys for the remainder of that club's league and Copa Libertadores campaigns.
More recently, Urruti was reportedly embroiled in a contract dispute with Newell's that threatened his move to North America. Several Argentine reports claimed the player was seeking to terminate his contract early in order to make the jump to MLS, and that legal recourse was being sought by the Rosario-based club.
With the move officially announced by TFC, it appears that a resolution has been found.
“We are thrilled to finally get this deal concluded for Maximiliano Urruti. He is a player that we have been aware of for nearly two years and we have scouted him extensively in person,” said Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne. “We think he’s really going to help our team and he is going to be an exciting player for our league so we couldn’t be happier about this outcome.”
Urruti began his professional career with Newell's during the 2010-11 season. In 57 league appearances with La Lepra, Urruti has scored 12 goals. He has also played limited minutes in cup competitons, chipping in one goal in eight appearances last season.
Along with Laba, Urruti represents a growing Argentine influence at TFC that could expand in the future as the Canadian side was also reportedly in pursuit of Atalanta midfielder Maximiliano Moralez during the now-closed summer transfer window. Moralez is one of a handful of additional Argentine players that Toronto has been linked with this year.
Urruti is not expected to start on Saturday at Columbus, although he could make an appearance off the bench pending the arrival of his international transfer certificate.
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