Carlos Ruiz - Guatemala
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Report: Veteran free agent Carlos Ruiz could join FC Dallas this week

ESPN lead commentator Taylor Twellman was up to his old tricks on Tuesday night while doing color commentary for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final between FC Dallas and the New England Revolution.

Twellman reported to viewers that MLS journeyman and former FC Dallas striker Carlos Ruiz was in Dallas for the match and stated, “I wouldn’t be shocked if you saw Carlos Ruiz in a Dallas uniform in the next 48 hours.”

The news certainly comes as a surprise when considering that Ruiz turns 37 on Sept. 15 and has not played in MLS since his last stint with D.C. United in 2013. That said, Ruiz is undoubtedly an MLS legend, having notching 88 career regular-season MLS goals, ranking him tied for 10th in league history with Roy Lassiter.

Ruiz has also kept sharp for Guatemala, scoring a whopping five goals in a World Cup qualifier vs. St. Vincent & the Grenadines earlier this month, his final match before retiring from international duty as Los Chapines saw their campaign for Russia 2018 fall short. 

Perhaps FCD coach Oscar Pareja saw Landon Donovan’s comeback from retirement on Sunday and the wheels started turning? Whatever the case, if Ruiz does indeed suit up for FC Dallas, it will be fascinating to see if he can help FCD achieve their treble hopes.