TORONTO – Re-visit these words in two-year’s time: Toronto FC won — or at least didn’t lose — Monday’s mind-blowing trade with the Portland Timbers.
The Reds confirmed Max Urruti’s one-way ticket to Portland early Monday, later disclosing the 22-year-old Argentine was sent west in exchange for forward Bright Dike, a first-round pick in 2015 and cap relief.
Urruti never left Portland following Saturday’s 4-0 shellacking. He was quietly pulled aside after the match and, to his surprise, told he wouldn’t be returning to the same city he’d just started calling home.
“I didn’t know anything about this (trade),” Urruti told the Oregonian through a translator. “I was on the bench on Saturday and right after the game is when they told me what they were thinking about doing. I guess that’s how things work here.”
The optics are bad, the timing worse, but when you break it down, head coach Ryan Nelsen offloaded an unproven commodity he simply didn’t rate, a player we’ve seen for all of 37 minutes and know nothing about.
A player who for no apparent reason was expected to instantly perform miracles despite having rarely scored, or started, for his former Argentine club, Newell’s Old Boys.
Predictably, the outrage permeating from TFC message boards and Twitter was marked. Right or wrong, give this fan base something to get riled up about and it’s lights out.