December 9, 2018 4:21 pm
Updated: December 9, 2018 4:32 pm

Impact acquire striker Maixmiliano Urruti and trade goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau

IIn this 2017 file photo, Montreal Impact goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau makes a diving stop on a shot by the New York Red Bulls. Crépeau was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

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The Montreal Impact acquired Argentine striker Maximiliano Urruti from FC Dallas on Sunday, in exchange for US$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 Remi Garde.

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“His experience in the league, his winning mentality, and his qualities as a finisher will be considerably useful for our group.”

Urruti has 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.

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More recently, Urruti has been DC Dallas’s scoring leader in each of the past 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 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.

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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.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau for his part was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps by the Montreal Impact in exchange for US$50,000 in targeted allocation money and a third round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

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Crépeau started three career MLS games and four Canadian Championship games with the Impact in 2017.

He had joined the first team in 2013, following three years with the Academy.

He spent the last season on loan with Ottawa Fury FC, in the USL.

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