Last week, reports surfaced that the Philadelphia Union were rumored to bring in Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz. After a 7-year run in MLS which saw him play 164 games and score 90 goals for Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas, and Toronto FC, Carlos Ruiz spent 2009 with Olimpia in Paraguay before spending 2009-10 in Mexico with Puebla and with Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece in 2010-11.
Now it appears as if it is more than just a rumor. Per Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald, Carlos Ruiz to the Union is a done deal.
I was told to expect an official announcement of the [Carlos] Ruiz deal tomorrow or Tuesday. I was not given any details about whether there will be a formal introduction, the way there was for Faryd Mondragón and Carlos Valdés.
While some may be hesitant to bring in Carlos Ruiz, nicknamed El Pescadito, because of his known penchant for diving, he figures to directly replace the role of the departed Alejandro Moreno.
Carlos Ruiz would be an interesting fit for Piotr Nowak and the Union as Ruiz is a known diver as mentioned above, and Nowak frequently takes a no nonsense approach with his players. But the good may outweigh the bad as El Pescadito has a known record of being able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Oh, and CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!