Struggling Impact acquires striker Toye in trade with Minnesota United

In 42 career games, including 17 starts, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound native of South Orange, N.J., has scored seven goals while adding four assists.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - SEPTEMBER 13: Roberto Puncec #4 of Sporting Kansas City clears the ball away from Mason Toye #23 of Minnesota United FC in the second half at Children's Mercy Park on September 13, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775547829

The Impact (5-8-1) sits ninth in the Eastern Conference as it prepares for Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the team’s base for its final phase of 12 matches. Ten teams in the division will qualify for the playoffs. Montreal has missed the post-season three successive seasons.

The Impact has scored 20 goals this season, but has been outscored 14-4 during its losing skid.

Toye will travel to New Jersey to join the club. He should be available for a game next Wednesday, in Columbus.

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The Impact, in the throes of a season-high four-game losing streak and seeking some kind of impetus, acquired striker Mason Toye in a trade Thursday from Minnesota United FC.

And Montreal didn’t have to relinquish a player off its roster. Instead, Minnesota will receive US$150,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money, an additional US$450,000 next season, along with a second-round selection in the 2021 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

“We’re happy with the acquisition of Mason, who fits the profile we wanted — a striker who can score and who has already demonstrated what he’s capable of in this league,” Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a release. “This addition is also in line with our philosophy of having young players with high potential in the squad.”

Toye, 21, a native of South Orange, N.J., was selected seventh overall by Minnesota in the 2018 SuperDraft as a Generation Adidas player. In 42 career games, including 17 starts, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has scored seven goals while adding four assists.

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