Ruiz To Galaxy A Done Deal

Ruiz To Galaxy A Done Deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 15, 2008

Go ahead and get pissed at the LA Galaxy and the MLS once more. Today the Gals finally dealt for a striker to pair up with Landon Donavan and David Beckham. FC Dallas is sending Carlos Ruiz to LA for allocation and a second round draft pick in next year’s SuperDraft.

Ruiz returns to the team he led to the 2002 MLS Cup title. Ruiz scored 24 goals that season, and also netted the game-winning goal in Los Angeles’ MLS Cup final victory against New England.

“We are very pleased to be bringing a proven goal scorer and veteran leader in Carlos Ruiz back to Los Angeles,” said LA Galaxy Director of Soccer Paul Bravo. “Carlos is an experienced forward who has averaged better than a goal every two games during his MLS career and we believe that he will be a tremendous asset to our attack.”

Yeah. I said a few days ago that this deal was not dead in the very least and would probably come through before the SuperDraft or on the day of.

From a Galaxy standpoint they finally get a striker who knows how to score and can make this club an actual threat in the west for the MLS Cup race. From a Dallas standpoint, getting rid of a headache is always a good thing. Dallas is looking to go young in this draft and will probably use that allocation and extra cap space to go out and sign a couple more players in the coming weeks.

Save the emails and comments about how the league is treating the Galaxy better than all the others. We all know that is the case and it is just beating a dead horse at the moment. Three DP-style contracts on one team. I still get the feeling there is more to the story than what the league wants to report here but we will see if anything else shakes down from this.

When I get more details on this story I will pass it along to you all…