TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS:Report
While the Sounders were previously linked to Ruidiaz by Niko Moreno of Sounder at Heart, and team executives have publicly acknowledged their pursuit of a high-caliber striker on the transfer market, MLSsoccer.com National Writer Sam Stejskal pumped the brakes on news regarding the 27-year-old Peruvian.
Ruidiaz, who has scored 34 goals during the last two calendar years in Liga MX, would provide an immediate boost to Seattle's foundering attack. Following Seattle's 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, head coach Brian Schmetzer offered the following reponse:
“I’m not aware of that tweet, so thank you for letting me know. I’ll have to obviously get it from my upper management or my people before I take their word," he said. "We hope to have a player of his caliber join our team, for sure, but I’ll wait until it’s official.”
This article was updated with additional reporting by MLSsoccer.com contributor Dylan Butler following the conclusion of tonight's RBNY-SEA match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.