When it was announced that Jermain Defoe would be coming to Toronto FC, Bright Dike was expected to play a second fiddle role, but one that would be incredibly dangerous off the bench. That was until he injured himself before the season, and has never really been the same since.
He has played less than a full half of soccer with Toronto in the two years that have followed, a total of 39 minutes to be precise. For a player who would have been at the 2014 World Cup if it wasn't for injury that is a frustrating turn of events.
Dike is now looking to revamp that halted career, but initially at least it won't be with Toronto. The reds have loaned the forward to the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL and will be hoping that extra minutes will help him regain some of his long lost form.
The terms of the deal have not yet been released, but one would hope that Toronto would have some sort of opt out clause in order to bring Dike back should the inevitable injury plague hit the team up front again.
Maybe they don't need to though, as Toronto FC II has had no shortage of success up front to start this season. Jordan Hamilton has already proven that he is close to being MLS ready, and tends to score at every level. Meanwhile, Mo Babouli has been one of the best players in USL-Pro so far this season and will also be looking to take a step up into the first team.
San Antonio will be hoping the acquisition of Dike will turn around their season, as they currently sit in last place in the league with just a single point to their name through three games. There next match comes Saturday against Jacksonville Armada, and it is unclear whether or not they will have Dike in the lineup.
The 28-year-old Dike has spent his entire professional career in North America with the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC. He scored 10 goals in 23 matches with the USL edition of the Portland Timbers, before scoring six with the club once they moved to MLS. He has just one goal in his time in Toronto.