The Portland Timbers have traded forward Bright Dike to the Toronto FC for striker Max Urruti, as was announced by the Timbers organization.
“Anytime you make these type of moves it’s tough,” Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said. “In the end, I have to make decisions that I feel are best for the club. I felt this was the right decision for the club. Not only now, in trying to help us achieve our goals this season, but also moving forward to have a young striker the caliber of Urruti.”
Dike, signed by the Timbers in October of 2010, played years in the Rose City and was one of the organization’s players to make the transition into the MLS in 2011. Porter acknowledged that move was purely for positional reasons.
“You have to have multiple options in the striker position. I like to have different dimensions in those options. We feel like (Urruti) brings a different dimension than what we had,” Porter said. “Urruti has tactical awareness and is very clever in his movement. He’s also very technical and he’s really a smart player. He knows how to bring midfielders into the game. He’s a clinical finisher.”