Seattle Sounders sign Peru forward Raul Ruidiaz as designated player
The Seattle Sounders completed the signing of Raul Ruidiaz on Friday, after the forward finished playing at the World Cup with Peru.
Ruidiaz’s acquisition had been long anticipated, with the 27-year-old’s previous club, Mexico’s Morelia, announcing his departure to MLS two weeks ago.
Sources told ESPN Deportes this month that Morelia had accepted a fee of $7.5 million — quite large by MLS standards — after no Mexican club made an offer for Ruidiaz in the recent Liga MX draft.
The Sounders said Ruidiaz had signed a designated player contract. To make room for a third DP, Seattle used allocation money to buy down the contract of Osvaldo Alonso, who is making $1.1 million this season.
Sources told ESPN Deportes earlier this month that Ruidiaz’s contract would make him won of the top 10 best-paid players in MLS, putting his salary in excess of $2.4 million.
“We are very pleased to bring in a player of Raul’s quality and add him to our current squad,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “He has a strong resume as a goal-scorer in both Mexico and South America, so we’re looking forward to seeing how that translates to MLS and helps our club succeed on the field.”
Ruidiaz came off the bench in two of Peru’s three games at the World Cup this month, featuring in 1-0 defeats to France and Denmark.
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