Carlos Ruiz

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The game in 100 words (or less): Carlos Ruiz has left his indelible mark on the 2016 MLS season. After signing for league-leading FC Dallas last month, the Guatemalan MLS legend was always going to play the role of hero for one night, and that night was Sunday. With FCD tied 1-1 with the Seattle Sounders, and just 13 minutes of regular time left to play, Ruiz entered the game. 12 minutes later, he scored the goal that might just be the difference in the Supporters’ Shield race. A draw would have sent FCD level with the Colorado Rapids at the top of the MLS mountain, but the victory, which Ruiz sealed with his 89th-minute winner, send Oscar Pareja’s side two points clear with one game to go. More importantly, FCD now hold a two-win advantage on the Rapids, meaning the only way FCD won’t win the Shield is with a Rapids victory and FCD loss next Sunday.

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Three Four moments that mattered

33′ — Gomez scores for Seattle, but it’s waved off for a foul — This one should have counted.

41′ — Lodeiro spanks a free kick past Seitz for 1-0 — The man is magic, and has been the best player in MLS since debuting at the end of July. Also, Chris Seitz would like this one back.

79′ — Urruti pokes home the loose ball for 1-1 — They all count the same, no matter how extravagant or simple they may be. Maxi Urruti was in the right place at the right time, and the score was 1-1.

89′ — Ruiz takes it out of the sky, flicks past Frei for 2-1 — It’s a ball that only Mauro Diaz could pick out and play, and a deftly dispatched finish by the greatest poacher MLS has ever known.

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Men of the match: Carlos Ruiz

Goalscorers: Lodeiro (41′), Urruti (79′), Ruiz (89′)

Report: U.S. Open Cup champs FC Dallas could sign Guatemalan legend Ruiz

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Fresh off its second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, could FC Dallas be about to add an MLS MVP to its ranks for the stretch run?

Okay, okay, so it’s the 2002 MLS MVP.

Taylor Twellman reported late Tuesday that Guatemalan legend Carlos Ruiz could be returning to Major League Soccer.

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The free agent’s last competitive game was for Guatemala against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where he scored five goals in a 9-3 win. He’s been with Municipal since 2014, where he scored 46 goals in 88 appearances during his second stint with the club.

Ruiz last appeared in MLS with DC United in 2013.

FC Dallas has a four-point lead on the Galaxy for the Supporters’ Shield.

What a way to go out: Guatemala’s Ruiz scores five in final match (video)

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It was easy to lose in the reverie following Christian Pulisic and the United States men’s national team’s win on Wednesday, but a CONCACAF legend went out in absolute style.

Playing in his final game, Guatemala’s Carlos Ruiz scored five goals against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines before leaving the rain-drenched pitch to massive cheers from the Guatemala City faithful.

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Ruiz’s 68 international goals is a country record that will stand for a while, with a 33-goal lead on second place and no active Guatemalan player with more than Marco Pappa’s 11.

Ruiz, 36, is now also the all-time goal scorer in World Cup qualifying history with 39. The title of highest active goal scorer falls to Cristiano Ronaldo, who will soon re-pass Ruiz.

But still, let’s take a minute to acknowledge the way he went out on Tuesday. The two-time Clausura winner, 2002 MLS Cup champ, and 2002 MLS MVP sure had a career.

Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago draw; USMNT waits to qualify for Hex

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Carlos Ruiz is not going to let Guatemala leave World Cup qualifying without a fight.

The world’s active leading international scorer reclaimed that title from Cristiano Ronaldo with a first half goal before scoring late to give Guatemala a 2-2 draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.

The draw qualifies T&T into CONCACAF’s final round of World Cup qualifying. Now the USMNT needs to win or draw against T&T in Jacksonville on Tuesday, or hope Guatemala fails to make up 12 goals in difference when it hosts Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Seattle Sounders man Joevin Jones scored both T&T goals, including a gorgeous goal to temporarily give the Soca Warriors a late lead.

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Guatemala took a 36th minute lead when Ruiz passed — for the moment — Cristiano Ronaldo as the active player with the most international goals.

But Jones scored before halftime to tie things up at the Port of Spain, before scoring this gorgeous goal to put the Soca Warriors ahead (only to see Ruiz equalize just before stoppage time).

Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 Guatemala: First-half barrage powers Soca Warriors in Gold Cup opener

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It may have taken five games, but the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup has seen its first rout of the tournament, as Trinidad and Tobago rode three first-half goals to a 3-1 victory over Guatemala in both nations’ Group C opener at Soldier Field Thursday night.

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Sheldon Bateau and a pair of MLSers, Cordell Cato and Joevin Jones, bagged T & T’s three goals inside the first 25 minutes to give the Soca Warriors all the cushion they would need to surge into the top spot in Group C ahead of Mexico’s curtain raiser against Cuba later on Thursday.

Bateau, who plays his club ball for Belgian side KV Mechelen, got on the end of Khaleem Hyland’s corner kick and made the simple, wide-open redirect past goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez to give T&T a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute

Cato, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, doubled the lead just four minutes later, when he pounced on a sloppy bit of defending and a failed clearance by Guatemala. The 22-year-old picked up the ball just outside Guatemala’s penalty area, raced into the box, rounded Jerez and slotted the ball into an open net.

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Jones, who is in his first season with the Chicago Fire, gave T & T a three-goal advantage just 10 minutes later, when he hammered a loose ball into the back of the net from just left of the penalty spot. It was Jones’ through ball that put Cato in on goal before Jerez swept up the initial chance, but the 23-year-old continued his run into the box and finished yet another open-netter.

Guatemala pulled a goal back through Carlos Ruiz’s upper-90 finish from 12 yards out in the 62nd minute, but a comeback wasn’t in the cards for Los Chapines, who now find themselves with an extremely uphill path out of Group C.

With the three points in hand and Cuba up next, T&T find themselves in great position to secure advancement to the quarterfinals with a game to spare. A couple of points dropped by Mexico in either of their two games before meeting T & T in the Group C finale, and a draw against El Tri might just win the group for T & T.