Bright Dike, preseason training, 1.23.12
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Timbers loan forward Bright Dike to L.A. Blues

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced that forward Bright Dike will join the L.A. Blues of USL PRO on a season-long loan. As part of the agreement, the Timbers may recall Dike from his loan at any time. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.

“Coming off his Achilles injury last season, it is important that Bright get into as many games as possible on a regular basis, and the loan to the Blues will give him that opportunity at a good level,” said John Spencer, head coach of the Timbers.

Dike, 25, joined the Blues today and will be available for selection for the club’s road matches this weekend against the Dayton Dutch Lions and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Dike (DEE-kay) has started three MLS Reserve League games for the Timbers in 2012, scoring two goals. He played in 11 MLS regular-season matches and scored a goal in 2011 after missing the first five months of the season due to an Achilles injury. The Edmond, Okla., native first joined club in 2010, during the Timbers’ final second division season, and signed with the MLS club on Oct. 19, 2010.