Peruvian World Cup forward Raul Ruidiaz
, who scored 40 Liga MX goals in his two full seasons at Morelia, joined the Seattle Sounders as a Designated Player.
The 27-year-old Ruidiaz
will give a boost to the struggling Seattle attack. The Sounders have scored 11 goals in 14 games, eight fewer goals than Colorado, D.C. United and Minnesota United, which have the second worst
attacks in MLS.
Ruidiaz, who led Mexico's championship in scoring twice, made two brief appearances for Peru at the World Cup.
"We are thrilled to complete the signing of our
top Designated Player target in Raul Ruidiaz," said Sounders general manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey
. "Negotiations for players of this caliber are never easy, stretching
across many months with the support of our entire club. Collectively, we were relentless in our pursuit of Raul because he is a proven difference-maker at the highest levels of the game. Wherever he
has played, he has made his teams better, scoring well over 100 professional goals in the process."
Seattle used Targeted Allocation Money to buy down the contract of Osvaldo
. The Sounders' other DPs are Clint Dempsey
and Nicolas Lodeiro