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Carlos Ruiz signs with FC Dallas

Photo by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

Just days after winning the U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas has added a veteran forward with quite the MLS reputation.

FC Dallas announced on Thursday that the club has signed Guatemalan international Carlos Ruiz. The 37-year-old forward played three seasons for FC Dallas after joining the club in 2005, amassing  31 regular season goals in 68 appearances to go with five goals in six playoff games. In addition to his time with the Texas club, Ruiz featured for the LA Galaxy, Philadelphia Union and D.C. United throughout 10 MLS seasons over his 20-year career.

In total, Ruiz has 182 league appearances, scored 88 goals and provided 17 assists through his stop-and-start MLS tenure.

On the international level, Ruiz has long been a star for Guatemala. Pescadito has scored 68 times in 133 appearances for his country, and most recently capped his international career with a five-goal performance against St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

FC Dallas returns to action on Saturday for a visit to New York City FC.

What do you think of the signing? How will Ruiz fare with FC Dallas?

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  1. If I could wager, my money would be on Ruiz easily scoring more goals and having more of an impact than Donovan the remainder of this season. Obviously Ruiz is in form and has been playing while Donovan was gone for two years. Good move by Dallas.

  2. Bienvenido Pescadito!

    To bad I don’t live in Dallas anymore. I would love to see you piss someone off then watch them get a red card in retaliation.


  3. What do you think of the signing?

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the league and it’s clubs abilities to locate talent outside the country re-hiring players pushing 40.

    • Dude was still lighting it up during qualifying. I think he still has something left in the tanks.

      And if he can’t catch ’em, he’ll just rake ’em down from behind.

  4. Tomorrow’s headline will be that Donovan decided he wants to move to Dallas and, consequently, Ruiz will need to be shipped elsewhere…


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