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Union to sign Carlos Ruiz?

The Goalkeeper’s Jonathan Tannenwald is reporting that Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre is reporting that the Union are moving to sign Carlos Ruiz.

Ruiz has allegedly ended his contract with Greek club Aris through mutual consent to sign with Philadelphia.

Rumors linking Ruiz to the Union surfaced last year as well, but no deal was ever worked out. Ruiz is known as a mixed bag, a temperamental striker who has had some big seasons in terms of goals in the MLS, but is just as well known for his flagrant diving. The Union could definitely use an experienced goal-scoring striker, with only three out-and-out strikers on the roster, but with Ruiz’ reputation he might have to work to win over the Union faithful (myself included).

Ruiz has scored 90 goals in 164 career MLS games with Los Angeles (two tours), Dallas, and Toronto. His best season was his first MLS season, when he scored 24 goals in 26 games, leading LA to the MLS Cup, winning the Golden Boot, and being voted league MVP.

The loss of Alejandro Moreno and Fred in the offseason leaves plenty of available dives on the field, and it’s quite possible Ruiz could try for them all himself.

3 Comments

  1. I don’t know enough about this guy to judge but I hope he’s not as flagrant a flopper as Moreno was. My section at PPL Park would actually count down from 10 when Moreno had the ball. Knowing that he would fall before we reached zero.

  2. This is the guy who kicked Tim Howard in the face during a qualifier and is a flagrant flopper.

    I’ll pass.

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