FC Dallas traded forward Maxi Urruti to the Montreal Impact for the No. 10 pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, the team announced Sunday.
Dallas also obtains 50 percent of any transfer of Urruti to a team outside of MLS if it’s before the first game of the 2019 season. Other future considerations are also involved if the transfer occurs.
Urruti was acquired in the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft after playing the previous two seasons with the Portland Timbers and winning an MLS Cup. Urruti made 95 regular-season appearances for Dallas, scoring 29 goals and assisting on another 20.
Urruti scored in the team’s 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final victory, helping the team get a trophy for the first time since 1997.
In 2017, Argentinian side San Lorenzo had interest in Urruti and FC Dallas winger Michael Barrios, launching a $5 million dollar bid for both.
Dallas ultimately declined, but Urruti was upset with FC Dallas president Dan Hunt’s comments after declining the offers. Hunt told MLSsoccer.com at the time that he reviewed the offer with the players and they said they didn’t want to leave FC Dallas midseason and abandon their teammates. Urruti later told the Dallas Morning News, “I would have liked for the issue to have stayed between us. If it didn’t get done, it didn’t get done, but he shouldn’t say things I didn’t say.”
Urruti’s work ethic is a key part of his game, dropping deep into the midfield to press or receive the ball, something he learned under 2018 MLS Cup winner and Atlanta United coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino at Newell’s Old Boys. It caused trouble for former FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja, who played around with Urruti’s positioning before placing him at an attacking midfielder role in the middle of the 2018 MLS Season. Urruti finished the year with eight goals and 11 assists for the team in regular season play.