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Toronto Latest Team Waiting For Ruiz Return

Toronto FC is not the first MLS team to have been kept waiting for Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz's return from international duty. Its new signing from L.A., rumored to be less than happy at being placed with a team that plays its home games on artificial turf, is taking care of some business in Los Angeles after playing for his country against the U.S. last Wednesday, according to the club.
 
When he shows up, the hope is that he will revive Toronto's waning hopes of a playoff spot, and TFC coach John Carver has a cunning tactical plan. "You stick [Ruiz] up there with Chad [Barrett] and half of those chances end up in the back of the net," he told Larry Millson. "That's why it's crucial we get two guys who come alive inside the box."
 
Ruiz "had one or two things to sort out," Carver said. "Obviously, because he was on international duty, it was very difficult for him to get back to L.A. to sort all that out. He'll be with us hopefully [Monday]. He can't wait to get going." In Saturday's 1-1 tie with New England, Barrett scored his second goal for Toronto since moving in a trade from Chicago for Brian McBride last month, giving him seven for the season. Ruiz, who has been troubled with a knee injury, scored just once in 10 games for the Galaxy this season.

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