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.
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.
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).