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Dynamo land Urruti in deal for Struna


Houston Dynamo FC has acquired forward Maximilian­o “Maxi” Urruti from Montreal in a trade for defender Kiki Struna, the team announced Monday.

The Dynamo also acquired Montreal’s natural second-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft and will send Montreal a 2021 internatio­nal roster slot as part of the trade.

The 29-year-old Urruti has scored 53 goals and recorded 33 assists since his arrival in MLS in 2013. The Rosario, Argentina native won the 2015 MLS Cup with Portland and finished a three-year run with the Timbers with 15 goals and five assists.

“Maxi knows first-hand what it takes to be a champion in MLS and has consistent­ly scored goals since he arrived in the league,” Dynamo coach Tab Ramos said.

In other soccer news:

• Samantha Mewis scored three goals and her big sister Kristie Mewis added another to give the United States a 4-0 exhibition victory over Colombia at Orlando, Fla.

• Phil Neville, who led England to the Women’s World Cup semifinals in 2019, is leaving the coach’s job for a switch to the men’s game in Major League Soccer. Neville will become coach of Inter Miami, the franchise partly owned by David Beckham.

• D.C. United hired Hernán Losada as head coach, enlisting a largely unknown Argentine from the Belgian league’s Beerschot team to elevate an organizati­on that hasn’t contended for the MLS championsh­ip in years.

Losada, 38, succeeds Ben Olsen, who was fired in October after 10 years. Like Olsen in 2010, he becomes the league’s youngest coach.

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