Ruiz joins Beckham, Donovan on Galaxy's roster
FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas has traded leading scorer Carlos Ruiz back to the Los Angeles Galaxy, bolstering an offense that already has English star David Beckham and American forward Landon Donovan, the top scorer in U.S. national team history.
The Galaxy reacquired Ruiz for a second-round draft pick in 2009 and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
The top scorer in MLS postseason history, Ruiz led FC Dallas with seven goals in MLS games last season and 11 goals total, including SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup games.
He began his MLS career with the Galaxy in 2002. He remained there until a 2005 trade to FC Dallas, where he scored 31 regular-season goals in 68 appearances and five additional goals in six playoff games.
He is eighth in career goals in MLS history, with 81 in 140 games.
Ruiz will probably be replaced at the forward spot by Kenny Cooper, who scored four goals despite missing more than half of last season with a broken leg. Abe Thompson and Dominic Oduro will also play up front.
"By completing this trade, we clear up considerable cap space and acquire additional resources to be able to continue improving our roster," FC Dallas coach Steve Morrow said.