Report: Ruiz could return to MLS, in talks with Chivas USA
Maybe it's just a fish story. Or maybe he's just flip-flopping.
Whatever the case, Carlos Ruiz's club situation is currently up in the air and, according to a report last Friday in Guatemalan daily La Prensa Libre, one of his options is a return to MLS with Chivas USA, with whom he is supposedly in negotiations.
Of course, Guatemalan side CSD Municipal also believe they've got a deal coming with "El Pescadito," who came up as a youth with the Guatemala City-based club and made his professional debut in red as a 16-year-old. According to the report, Ruiz also has offers from clubs in Australia and Israel, too.
It's hard to know what to think when it comes to the polarizing striker, who suited up for the LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, Toronto and, most recently Philadelphia during his many travels in MLS. The 2002 MLS MVP hasn't played professionally in a year and his last competitive match came in October when Ruiz's goal wasn't enough to keep Guatemala from World Cup qualifying elimination to the US in Kansas City.
A report on Sunday in La Prensa Libre further complicates matters, as Ruiz apparently is still under contract with Mexican second-division club Veracruz, despite not being listed on the club's official roster. He spent the back end of 2011 with the Tiburones Rojos after the Union released him.
It's no secret Chivas USA are starving for goalscorers after hitting the back of the net a league-low 24 times in 2012. But it's unclear if "Chelís" is interested in a reunion with the 33-year-old, who he recruited to join Mexican side Puebla in the summer of 2009. "El Pescadito" reciprocated with 15 goals in his one year with La Franja.
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, Chivas USA said there was "nothing official" to add about Ruiz, adding he is "one of many rumors out [there], which has been there for weeks. However, the club is looking out for many options that help the team as a whole."