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Toronto's Nelsen: We couldn't turn down Urruti trade deal

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen has revealed that the club simply could not turn down the chance to trade recently-acquired striker Maximiliano Urruti.

The Argentine was sent to Portland Timbers earlier this week after making just two appearances for the Reds, with Bright Dike and a draft pick heading the way of the Canadians.

It seemed a bizarre move by TFC, who had pursued Urruti most of the year to sign him from Newell's Old Boys, but Nelsen was quick to explain to reports that he couldn't wait for the 22-year old to develop.

"Maxi is a really good player, but it was just a deal that we couldn't turn down," Nelsen said. "We've seen Maxi for three weeks and we kind of knew what we had with him.

"A lot of teams have just scouted him. But when you've had him in house you can see everything. Maxi is still a young man who has to develop and get to know this league. It's probably best that he can be with a team that can be patient with him.

"We're in a situation next year where we don't really need to be patient. We are in a position where we are not salary cap tied and not DP tied."

Nelsen added on the addition of Dike: "The decision to bring in Dike wasn't a decision based on what we need for this Wednesday or Saturday.

"He is an important piece of the puzzle and I want to expose him to the fans when he is completely 100 percent ready."

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