Recently acquired Philadelphia Union striker, Carlos Ruiz recently spoke about his excitement of coming back to Major League Soccer. The former MLS MVP and Golden Boot winner also shared that he will need more time with his new team to form the right chemistry.
"I'm happy to be back after two years of playing in South America, Mexico, and Europe, I can bring experience. I know the League, and I want to go through every game getting better and better." Ruiz said.
Ruiz is number 10 on the MLS all-time scoring list, with 82 goals and hold the league's all-time record for post-season goals, 16. However, after missing the Union's preseason camp in Florida because of his late signing, Ruiz was forced to play catch-up in the team's camp in Greece.
"After to two weeks in Greece, we got to know each other, and we're playing better. It was important for everybody to get away, practice everyday, stay in one place, and get to know each other. Coach (Peter) Nowak is happy with the way we are playing now, but all of these guys are new teammates. I have just one former teammate, Danny Califf, so I it was good to get to know everyone a little better"
With less than a month of training with the team, Ruiz is doubtful to make a seamless transition, in terms of chemistry. Ruiz is certainly capable of big things in the MLS but in a new place with a new system, it could take some time.
"I'm very excited about this week's game against Houston, I know the team, I know how they play, and we want to start well in the league and get off on the right foot."
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