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Cunningham, Ruiz, TFC, L.A.

I am going to backtrack on that Jeff Cunningham-to-L.A. speculation from this morning. Upon further investigation, not only is there nothing to it, there is apparently very little interest around the league and he is exploring opportunities outside MLS.

However, I do hear that there has been, in fact, communication between the Galaxy and Toronto about Los Angeles forward Carlos Ruiz. The Galaxy has been trying to move him for quite some time and TFC, which just acquired forward Chad Barrett from Chicago and can't rely on Cunningham, might look for additional firepower for the stretch run.

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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ppppllzzzzz!!!! goff!!! keep investigating. I hope we trade Ruiz for a couple of draft picks because TFC have a lot to spare. and than they can sign gibbs and solano. or who knows? maybe Edgar Davids.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Umm... a draft pick wouldn't help LA sign anyone other than *gasp* College Players in the SuperDraft. Now, trading draft picks for allocations/money would help, but I doubt anyone would be willing to do it.

LA doesn't need Gibbs, Solano, or Davids. They need to purge their overpriced, underperforming players, and pick up some non-prima-donnas.

Posted by: AlecW81 | August 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

This sounds much more plausible than the Cunny to LA. Looks like he might never get his 100th goal in MLS.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 8, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Goff. This isn't really a blog, it is a newsfeed.

Posted by: bribri | August 8, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

how about Ljunberg to LA?

Posted by: antialec | August 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what I would do without Soccer Insider. Thanks Goff, keep up the good work!

Posted by: strago | August 8, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Huh, huh, he said Cunny...huh,huh...huh.

Posted by: dadryan | August 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Los Angeles, Calif. (Pravda) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have traded forward Carlos Ruiz to D.C. United for an undisclosed sum, although sources say the amount could exceed $12.

"D.C. United is where I want to be," said Ruiz, a controversial but game-changing player. "The turf at RFK Stadium is so soft and cushiony, and the idea of playing so many games there just makes me feel all yummy inside."

D.C United officials did not respond to several interview requests.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

How on earth can Ruiz still have any value?

He was the best goal scorer in the league for a short while based on his quickness in front of goal and his opportunistic style of play.

But since then, he's slowed down and looks lethargic in front of goal--like he's waiting for the ball to bounce off his foot or head into the goal like it seemed to do back in 2002.

At best, he's a third string striker, capable of drawing fouls and occasionally scoring a goal.

Posted by: TCompton | August 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff-

The "sign in" button at the top of the page doesn't link anywhere on this new "voices.washpo.com" thing.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | August 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Drew Carey are you listening? You guys are going to need a few strikers next year.

Posted by: GLD431 | August 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Solano already signed with a Greek team.

Posted by: Jorge | August 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"How on earth can Ruiz still have any value?

He was the best goal scorer in the league for a short while based on his quickness in front of goal and his opportunistic style of play.

But since then, he's slowed down and looks lethargic in front of goal--like he's waiting for the ball to bounce off his foot or head into the goal like it seemed to do back in 2002.

At best, he's a third string striker, capable of drawing fouls and occasionally scoring a goal."

Posted by: TCompton | August 8, 2008 11:57 AM

I agree that Ruiz seems to be in decline but he was a top MLS forward for more than a "short while". 74 regular season goals between 2002 and 2006 would probably make him the best in the league in that stretch (Twellman fans views may differ..).

Fishy's year-by-year stats from MLSnet:

http://la.galaxy.mlsnet.com/players/bio.jsp?team=t106&player=ruiz_c&playerId=rui800920&statType=career

Posted by: garbaggio | August 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I like Ruiz to TFC. Then they could have Guevara and Ruiz on the same team! That would be entertaining for the rest of us.

Posted by: Glenn | August 8, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 8, 2008 11:55 AM

Los Angeles, Calif. (Pravda) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have traded...

Joe Doc quoting Pravda--nice touch!

Posted by: Mr. Krys | August 8, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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