During the second half of the US Open Cup Final broadcast, Taylor Twellman very casually brought up that he wouldn’t be surprised if Carlos Ruiz signed with FC Dallas within the next 48-72 hours. Obviously this sent the interwebs in a frenzy as Twellman has made a reputation of being insanely reliable with breaking news. It also left fans befuddled with what to do with that information, right before us was a Cup final that we wanted to focus on but the possibility of bringing back “Pescadito” was salivating.
Carlos Ruiz spent three seasons with FC Dallas from 2005-2007, and was the team’s leading talisman for those seasons with 11, 13 and 7 goals respectively. His final stats in Hoops’ colors (in all competitions) were 74 apps and 36 goals.
This would make a very interesting signing for Dallas as the last time Ruiz played in MLS was in 2013 with DC United where he went goalless in 13 appearances. He’s spent the last three seasons back with his home club Municipal, making 86 appearances and tallying 46 goals in the process. His most recent headliner was putting forth a five-goal performance in a World Cup qualifier earlier this month against St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Ruiz will turn 37 tomorrow, so if this signing is happening, it’s more likely a short term solution for depth up front and one more attacking option should Dallas find themselves trailing. Interestingly, Ruiz came to Dallas over a decade ago because Landon Donovan wanted to move to LA and the Galaxy had to trade Ruiz. It’s funny how some things go nearly full circle with the potential return of another MLS legend.
What do you guys think? Should Dallas bring in Ruiz? Or should Dallas stick with what they have and give Collin Bonner a chance?