HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Morelia and signed as a Designated Player on June 29, 2018.
Ruidiaz is one of the top forwards in North America, coming to the Sounders after dominating Liga MX for two seasons. The diminutive striker has a knack for wreaking havoc on opponents backlines and has been everything the Sounders could have asked for and more. The Peruvian international has 33 goals and eight assists in 53 regular season matches, then has been a monster in the postseason. He has nine goals and six assists in nine playoff appearances.
INTERNATIONAL: Ruidíaz has 43 career caps and four goals for the Peruvian national team. He made his international debut on June 7, 2011 against Japan before being called into Peru's 2011 Copa América squad that finished third, with Ruidíaz starting and logging 90 minutes in a 1-0 Group Stage loss vs. Chile. In the 2016 Copa América Centenario held in the United States, Ruidíaz made three appearances for a Peruvian side that advanced to the Quarterfinal Round, thanks to a goal by Ruidíaz in a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final match of the Group Stage. Most recently, he was named to Peru's roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, making substitute appearances in two Group C matches for his nation versus Denmark on June 16 and France on June 21.
OUTSIDE MLS: Ruidíaz joined Morelia in 2016 and instantly became one of Mexico's elite strikers, leading Liga MX with 20 goals in the 2016-2017 campaign (11 in Apertura play, nine in the Clausura). The Peruvian spearheaded Morelia's attack with another 20 goals in the 2017-2018 season. Ruidíaz's 40 goals in Liga MX action (including playoffs) over the past two years trail only Tigres' André-Pierre Gignac in total production in that span (41 goals). He helped Morelia advance to Liga MX's playoff tournament, Liguilla Torneo, in three of his four seasons, including a semifinal appearance in the 2017 Apertura in which Morelia fell to top-seeded Monterrey. Prior to his time with Morelia, Ruidíaz enjoyed a lengthy career in South America, mainly for his hometown side Universitario of the Peruvian First Division. After helping the Lima-based club to the league title in his first professional season in 2009, Ruidíaz spent two more seasons with Universitario before short stints with Brazilian club Coritiba and Chilean side Universidad de Chile, the latter of which allowed him to make nine appearances in a semifinal run in the 2012 Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club knockout competition. After moving back to Universitario, Ruidíaz exploded for his best professional season at the time, scoring 21 goals in 39 appearances and leading his club to another league title. He went on to record 36 goals in 47 league appearances for Universitario in the following three seasons before the move to Morelia.
NOTES: MLS Best XI (2020)