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Timbers trade forward Bright Dike to Toronto

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The Portland Timbers acquired Argentine forward Maximiliano Urruti and an international roster slot from Toronto FC in exchange for forward Bright Dike, a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money, the team announced Monday.

Urruti will be added to the club's roster upon the receipt of a P-1 visa.

Toronto FC will receive the Timbers' lowest first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, should the Timbers acquire a second first-round pick in that draft. The international roster slot acquired by the Timbers from Toronto FC runs through the 2013 MLS season and expires Dec. 31, 2013.

Timbers coach Caleb Porter said Urruti 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," Porter said.

Dike played in 23 matches during his time with the Timbers. He said goodbye to the city of Portland in a tweet Monday morning.

"Thanks to all the tremendous people that watched me grow as a person and a player in Portland. I will miss the city. Thanks 4 everything," Dike wrote in the tweet.

Dike, who was born in America but has played for the Nigeria national team, spent the season recovering from his second major injury in three years.

He returned to action Aug. 31 when he appeared in a Timbers reserves match, but he has not logged any minutes in an MLS match this season.

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