September 15, 2016
FC Dallas signs Carlos (El Pescadito) Ruiz
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas signed Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz through the end of the Major League Soccer season, pending receipt of his ITC, the club announced Thursday.
It was not immediately known whether the 37-year-old striker would be available to Dallas when it visits New York City FC at Yankee Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.
One of the most feared strikers in CONCACAF, the man nicknamed El Pescadito (Little Fish) forged a reputation of his relentless play, throwing his body around just to get a win or to score a goal or two.
He found the back of the net 68 times in 133 appearances for Central American side. Ruiz claimed the record for most goals scored all-time in World Cup qualifying matches (38) on Sept. 6, connecting five times in a 9-3 win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines before announcing his retirement from international soccer.
A 10-year Major League Soccer veteran, Ruiz has made 182 league appearances, scoring 0.48 goals per match for a total of 88 goals, and 17 assists.
Ruiz first joined FC Dallas in March 2005 in a trade with the LA Galaxy, with which he had started his MLS career in 2002. In three seasons with Dallas, Ruiz scored 31 regular-season goals in 68 appearances and added five goals in six playoff games. His 31 regular season goals placed sixth on the all-time team list, while his five playoff goals ties him for first place in club history with Ariel Graziani.
He returned to LA following the 2007 season, scoring once in three starts. Ruiz also spent time with Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union and D.C. United. Those stints, combined with stops in Paraguay (Olimpia), Greece (Aris) and Mexico (Puebla), yielded 37 goals in 132 appearances for the forward.
The 5-9, 157-lb. Ruiz returned home to Guatemala in 2014, where he has netted 46 goals in 87 appearances for Municipal.