CARSON, Calif. - LA Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight tear of the meniscus in his right knee. Ruiz suffered the injury, as well as a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL), late in Saturday night's loss to the Colorado Rapids in the Galaxy's season opener at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Galaxy team doctor Dr. Bert Mandelbaum performed the surgery today in Santa Monica and Ruiz is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Ruiz, who is the second leading scorer in club history, returned to Los Angeles in January via a trade with FC Dallas. The 28-year old Galaxy forward led the club in goals this preseason with three while playing in all three games of the club's Asia Tour 2008. He suffered a team-high four fouls in Saturday's game, the last of which knocked Ruiz out of the game and led to a red card for Colorado midfielder Ciaran O'Brien.
The Galaxy are back in action in their home opener on Thursday, April 3 when they host the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center. This match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available. For more information about this game or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lagalaxy.com or call 877-3GALAXY.