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Gooch, Ruiz Updates

The latest on Oguchi Onyewu's possible transfer.....

As we've been reporting, Italian club Catania has been pursuing the big USA central defender and hoping to work out a deal with Standard Liege. This morning, though, I got word from sources on this side of the Atlantic that the move will not happen. There is apparently some interest in France, but with time running out on the transfer window, he seems likely to remain in Belgium for now. With Gooch's contract set to expire after this season, rendering him a free agent, Liege needs to find a buyer by this winter.

Meantime, I am curious to see if moody forward Carlos Ruiz actually reports to Toronto FC this weekend. We knew he was not happy about the trade from Los Angeles and, despite having ample time to travel to Canada after the qualifier in Guatemala City on Wednesday, he was not with his new club yesterday. Guatemalan club Municipal had expressed interest in acquiring him on loan from MLS, but the trade apparently ended that possibility.

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2008; 3:10 PM ET
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Comments

I hope Ruiz rots away and we never see him in MLS again.

Posted by: steve-o | August 23, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If he gets here, deport him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

what an arse.

void his contract and let him rot in central america

Posted by: vasco | August 23, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Off thread, but: anyone know if Comcast (sports net) in Howard County is going to continue to carry United (and Caps) matches after this new master stroke of channel change ups? How New Coke can you get? Any Comcast subscribers want to squat a floor in the new building* we have surely paid for three times over in the last year?

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comcast_Center_(office_building)How phallic a symbol can you make representative of how much you have been sticking it to your customers over the years. Go Comcast!

Posted by: Seething | August 23, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Onyewu can find himself an even better home once this all is complete.

And Ruiz can go eff himself. I have more respect for the gunk under my shoe than I do for Ruiz.

Posted by: Douglas | August 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

How about some United pre-game matches???

Posted by: dunkin | August 23, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I stayed up and watched. It was not one of the exciting games but they were playing safe to win.

Posted by: arlington4united | August 23, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

MLS will be a better place if Ruiz never reports.

Posted by: JJ | August 23, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I hear there are openings for El Pescado on the Guatemalan diving team. If not, hollywood could use some more non-wholesome acting skills -- and character flaws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1T18xK-cjo&feature=related

Somebody translate please - does she say she there is a Pescadito on the way? Lord help us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6eZWpqfWOA&feature=related

Posted by: MR Caretaker | August 23, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Carlos who?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 23, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Even if he does show up, Toronto gave up way too much to get Ruiz. I wonder if they started to feel desperate after "having" McBride and getting Chad Barrett instead...

Look at Ruiz's drop-off in production while with Dallas:
2005: 19 games/11 goals
2006: 27/13
2007: 22/7
2008: 10/1

As Blanco might advise, you have to score to be a dirty player.

Posted by: black shirt | August 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Gooch will end up somewhere nice and get him some more mullah on the way. He will get better and that has to be a scary concept for CONCACAF strikers. Good luck Gooch.

Ruiz has a contract and better honor it. If I were MLS, I'd keep fining his a$$, thereby not paying him while keeping his contract intact to prevent him from playing elsewhere. He MUST come back here and face the music for the crap he pulled in that qualifyer. I detest Ruiz.

Posted by: Kosh | August 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Same Ruiz, different day. I know Toronto felt the need for another striker, but there had to be a better alternative out there. I wonder if they even bothered trying to acquire some of the Canadian strikers, like Radzinski, Gerba, or Occean. I guess when you make as many deals as they do, you're bound to make some bad moves.

As for Gooch, wouldn't it make sense for Liege to lower their price a bit to sell now? In 6 months, they'll have to lower it by a lot anyway, judging from other transfers that have followed that pattern. Teams know they're just 6 months from getting him for nothing, so they'll be looking for big bargains.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 23, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Any team that trades for Ruiz should put a return to sender clause in the deal if he doesn't show up.

As for Gooch, what does Standard Liege want for him? There is a rumor about him moving every window, and every tim he just stays put. One more year Gooch and you can go anywhere you want for free.

Posted by: Joe | August 23, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I've met Ruiz, and he's actually a decent guy. Very soft-spoken. He's the kind of guy you like on your team but hate on the opponent. Except that he is no longer producing, so you don't even like him on your team now.

Posted by: Carson | August 23, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Zzzzzz.

Posted by: dadryan | August 24, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Even if he does show up, Toronto gave up way too much to get Ruiz. I wonder if they started to feel desperate after "having" McBride and getting Chad Barrett instead...
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Toronto never had McBride in any meaningful sense. He made it clear that he would not play anywhere but Chicago. He was never in TFC's plans to begin with, so why should they feel "desperate"?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 24, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Chest -
TFC has contacted alot of canadian players but for the most part they are either a)happy where they are (in Europe), b) asking for too much (Radzinski, Gerba) c) dont like the fieldturf (Radzinski). Its simply not that simple at this time.

Gerba, outside of playing for the national team, has a pretty poor record as far as clubs are concerned. Hes played for 2 and 3rd division german, norwedgian etc etc at the rate of a team a year. Would you really wanna allocated 300k to sign him?

Posted by: Ossington Mental Youth | August 24, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Even if he does show up, Toronto gave up way too much to get Ruiz. I wonder if they started to feel desperate after "having" McBride and getting Chad Barrett instead...
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Are you smoking crack? Supplemental draft picks mean nothing to TFC (5th and 6th round .... scraping bottom barrel). With limited spots for Americans ... the developmental roster is made up of young Cdns. Mo didn't even bother to make most of supplemental picks last year and wouldn't this year with 3 1st round picks.

Posted by: MLS Fan | August 24, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are being a little harsh on Ruiz, don't you think?

After all, he is the patron saint of out-of-shape, middle-aged, angry footballers everywhere. If he can still make it in MLS, there's hope for the rest of us.

Posted by: Pablo Chicago | August 24, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Ruiz is one of the great scorers of our league. Maybe a change of scenery will get him back in rhythm.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I've met Ruiz, and he's actually a decent guy. Very soft-spoken. He's the kind of guy you like on your team but hate on the opponent. Except that he is no longer producing, so you don't even like him on your team now.

Posted by: Carson | August 23, 2008 7:42 PM
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Carson, thanks a lot for a different take on Ruiz. Like I have said before, some guys are nice guys off the field. I gotta
disagree with you on wanting the guys on my team. I am not big on whining floppers. Never have been. Toronto is a beautiful city and while playing on turf is far from ideal, TFC could be a great opportunity for El Pescadito. He should give it a chance. I would love to get paid a decent wage to live and play in Toronto. It's a great place. Seriously. I freaking love that town. If he never reports then Mo Johnston looks like a fool. Maybe Guevara can woo him. Maybe not. Mo must be holding his breath. Or is their some angle that I am missing???

Posted by: yankiboy | August 25, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Ruiz *seems* like a nice guy, but he lacks professionalism (on and off the field).

When he was traded from LA to Dallas a few years ago, he was quoted in Spanish language media as saying he was glad to be in Dallas because people in LA (don't know if he meant the team, fans or both) didn't appreciate him and his presence on the team was not deemed important.

This coming after him not receiving any type of punishment for his repeated unexcused absences from practices and games, usually following Guatemala games (deja vu?). When he was on the field, he often acted as though he only needed to put in half the effort than the rest of the team. He should have been traded 2 months into his second year with the Galaxy.

Years ago I made the point to some Riot Squaders that were one to look at minutes/goals, Ale Moreno was just as effective as Ruiz. I think that point still holds true to this day, and I would argue that Moreno has been the better of the two in the long term.

Ruiz should count his lucky stars that he was given a chance to redeem himself and that he still has a chance within MLS.

Posted by: ElChele | August 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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