PLAYER

Carlos Ruiz

20
Forward
May 14, 2011 vs. FC Dallas
Minutes 45
Goals 0
Assists 0
Shots on Goal 0
Fouls 1
This year's stats
Minutes 720
Goals 2
Assists 0
Shots on Goal 5
Fouls 11
Career Stats
Minutes 13066
Goals 84
Assists 17
Shots on Goal 238
Fouls 350
Age 31 Status Active
Height 5' 9" Born Guatemala City Guatemala
Weight 182

Guatemalan forward Carlos “El Pescadito” Ruiz signed with Philadelphia Union on February 22, 2011 on a free transfer from Greek SuperLiga club Aris FC. Ruiz, voted Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player in his first season, returned to the League after two years playing abroad. 

Ruiz signed with the LA Galaxy in 2002 and made an immediate impact, scoring 24 goals and earning the League’s MVP and Golden Boot awards. His stellar season led the Galaxy to the MLS Cup title, an accomplishment he shared with current Philadelphia Union captain Danny Califf. Ruiz secured another Golden Boot award the following season, scoring 15 goals to tie Taylor Twellman for the top total in MLS. 

In 2005, Ruiz was transferred to FC Dallas, where he stayed until 2008, tallying 31 goals and nine assists in 68 matches. In 2008, he was sent back to LA but was traded to Toronto FC once the summer transfer window opened.

In six MLS seasons, Ruiz played a total of 155 matches, 137 as a starter, logging 12,349 minutes and registering 82 goals and 17 assists. Ruiz also holds the record for most goals in MLS postseason history with 16. The 31-year-old is the 10th-highest all-time scorer in MLS history, and third among active players.

After leaving MLS in 2009, Ruiz continued to be an offensive threat, notching 20 goals in 66 appearances with Paraguayan First Division club Olimpia Asunción FC (ten goals in 18 appearances), Mexican First Division club Puebla FC (nine goals in 33 appearances), and Super League Greece club Aris FC (one goal in 15 appearances). Recently, the striker notched three goals in UEFA Europa League competition against FK Austria Wien (2) and Norwegian side Rosenborg BK (1).

“El Pescadito” began his professional career in 1995 with Guatemalan club CSD Municipal, where he spent seven seasons and accumulated 59 goals and two “Clausura” championships (2000 and 2002) in 143 appearances. Ruiz debuted with the Guatemalan National Team on November 11, 1998 in a friendly match against Mexico. He netted his first goal against El Salvador on March 19, 1999 and has since has become his country’s all-time leading scorer with 41 goals in 86 caps. In 2001, Ruiz led Guatemala to a first place finish in the UNCAF Nations Cup after settling for second place the previous three years.

Year Club Competition GP GS MINS G A SH SOG FC FS C E
2011 Philadelphia Union MLS Regular Season 9 8 720 2 0 14 5 11 12 2 0
2008 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Regular Season 10 3 386 1 0 9 6 7 8 0 0
2007 FC Dallas MLS Regular Season 22 19 1,721 7 2 59 25 46 41 9 1
2007 FC Dallas MLS Playoffs 2 2 185 1 0 2 2 6 6 1 0
2006 FC Dallas MLS Regular Season 27 25 2,113 13 5 54 29 54 72 6 0
2006 FC Dallas MLS Playoffs 2 2 210 2 0 4 2 3 8 1 0
2005 FC Dallas MLS Regular Season 19 18 1,549 11 2 63 30 38 47 2 0
2005 FC Dallas MLS Playoffs 2 1 144 2 0 11 3 5 4 0 0
2004 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Regular Season 20 18 1,586 11 2 63 36 46 41 5 0
2004 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Playoffs 3 3 270 1 0 8 4 12 9 1 0
2003 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Regular Season 26 25 2,330 15 5 84 51 76 87 7 1
2003 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Playoffs 2 2 186 2 0 6 3 7 7 0 0
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Regular Season 26 26 2,376 24 1 100 56 71 71 9 0
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Playoffs 6 6 567 8 2 34 19 13 30 2 0
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