Impact Acquires Argentine Striker Maximiliano Urruti
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced on Sunday the acquisition of Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti from FC Dallas, in exchange for $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and a first round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. His acquisition will be confirmed after he receives his international transfer certificate and undergoes his medical.
"I am very satisfied with Maximiliano Urruti's arrival to the team," said Impact head coach Rémi Garde. "His experience in the league, his winning mentality, and his qualities as a finisher will be considerably useful for our group."
Urruti, 27, has recorded 44 goals and 25 assists in 162 season games, including 118 starts, and 10,580 minutes through his five and a half MLS seasons. He has also scored twice in nine MLS Cup Playoff games, helping the Portland Timbers win their first ever MLS Cup title in 2015.
More recently, the Argentine has finished atop - or tied for first - the FC Dallas' goal leaders in each of the last three seasons, with a production of nine, 12 and eight goals, while leading his team with 11 assists in 2018. His 29 goals put him amongst the top 15 MLS finishers, and tied for 11th, over the last three seasons.
He contributed to FC Dallas' double in 2016, helping the Toros finish on top of the MLS regular season standings to win their first Supporters' Shield in club history. He also scored two goals in a 4-2 win against the New England Revolution in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title. He recorded 29 goals and 20 assists in 95 regular season games, including 90 starts, and 7,966 minutes, while playing more than 2,400 minutes in each of his seasons there.
He previously spent two seasons and a half with the Portland Timbers, between 2013 and 2015, totalling 15 goals and five assists in 65 games, including 28 starts, and 2,577 minutes of play. He appeared in 30 games in each of his last two seasons, primarily as a substitute, still finishing in second place with the Timbers for most goals in 2014 with 10, in only 1,181 minutes.
He had originally joined MLS with Toronto FC in August 2013, before being traded to the Timbers in September.
Urriti began his professional career at home in Argentina, scoring 12 goals in 56 Primera Division games between 2010 and 2013 with Newell's Old Boys, after coming though its academy. He was part of the squad that won the 2012-13 Torneo Final. He also appeared in six Copa Libertadores games.
He holds his American green card and will not count as an international player.
Transaction: The Montreal Impact acquires Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti from FC Dallas in exchange for $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and a first round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on December 9, 2018.
MAXIMILIANO URRUTI (Max-ee-mill-ee-ano Urr-oo-tee)
Weight: 165 lbs
Birthdate and birthplace: February 22, 1991, in Rosario, Argentina
Last club: FC Dallas (MLS)
Date acquired: December 9, 2018
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