Veteran scorer Ruiz joins Toronto FC
Send two draft picks to Los Angeles for career 82-goal man
Carlos Ruiz, who has potted 82 goals in a Major League Soccer career going back to 2002, has been traded to Toronto FC by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Guatamalan forward is the second all-time scorer in L.A. franchise history (51), and also played three years with FC Dallas for whom he added 31 tallies.
He has only one this year in 10 games.
"We're looking to bring in another quality striker," said Mo Johnston, Toronto's director of soccer. "We've now got [Chad] Barrett, and [Danny] Dichio who is on the road to getting healthier, and this will also help bring young Ibee [Abdus Ibrahim] along properly.
"We're very excited to get Ruiz in here — he holds the ball up well and is a clinical finisher."
Ruiz comes at a price — first and second round picks in the 2009 MLS supplemental draft, plus salary considerations (teams can trade budget money for players back and forth within the salary cap).
Earlier in the week, Toronto released midfielder Laurent Robert and sold its young star midfielder Maurice Edu to Glasgow Rangers for $5 million US.