It is now official! FC Dallas has signed forward Carlos Ruiz through the end of this year, pending receipt of his ITC, the club announced today.
Ruiz was a free agent, thus allowing FCD to sign him after the transfer window that closed in MLS last month. MLS rosters also freeze today until after MLS Cup, so that also is part of why this signing is being done today.
A 10-year MLS veteran, Ruiz has made 182 league appearances, scoring a total of 88 goals, in addition to 17 assists.
The 37-year old returns to Dallas, where he spent the 2005-2007 seasons with the club. The Guatemalan also spent time with the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union and D.C. United while in MLS.
The goal scorer has also found the back of the net 68 times in 133 appearances for the Guatemalan National Team. Ruiz claimed the record for most goals scored all-time in World Cup qualifying matches (38) on Sept. 6, 2016. El Pescadito scored five times in a 9-3 win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines before announcing his retirement from Guatemala.
So far it seems like Ruiz is happy to be back:
What do you make of this signing for the last few games of the year? Think he’ll work out better than Getterson or Carlos Lizarazo?