The LA Galaxy got much stronger this week when FC Dallas traded its leading scorer Carlos Ruiz back to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy knows has three attacking players, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and now Carlos Ruiz that are the class of the MLS.
Ruiz who was traded from the Galaxy to FC Dallas in 2005 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. Last year Ruiz led FC Dallas with seven goals in MLS games last season and 11 goals total, including SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup games.
Somehow the Galaxy were able to acquire Ruiz for only a second-round draft pick in 2009 and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
FC Dallas will probably replace Ruiz with Kenny Cooper, who scored four goals despite missing more than half of last season with a broken leg. While FC Dallas coach Steve Morrow says that “By completing this trade, we clear up considerable cap space and acquire additional resources to be able to continue improving our roster,” it seems that there must be more to this story than that.
The trade must make the LA Galaxy one of the favorites in the west next year, and it seriously weakens Dallas. If you are a Galaxy fan you must be jumping for joy today. We have LA Galaxy tickets so that you will not miss a minute of Galaxy home games next year,