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Peru's Ruidiaz becomes MLS champion in the U.S.

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

13:06 | Seattle (U.S.), Nov. 11.

His presence always denotes a goal. Peruvian forward Raul Ruidiaz has made a name for himself, and he made that noticed in the Major League Soccer (MLS), where the Peruvian is considered Seattle Sounders' most valuable player.

Since Ruidiaz's arrival in the middle of last season, he became the key piece the team needed to reaffirm its dominance during the decade.

The forward landed in the United States after being the savior of Monarcas Morelia (Mexico), a squad he had saved from losing its spot in the domestic league back in 2017, as he had guided them through "La Liguilla."

His background was already a synonym for goal. Once he joined the squad, it only took him two matches to score.

During his first 16 games, he accumulated 13 goals —3 of them in the playoffs. Thus, Ruidiaz's mid-season presentation meant success.

The expectations were set for the next tournament. Within this framework, the South American had foreseen a good performance for the future. With great adaptation to Brian Schmetzer's system, the 29-year-old surpassed his mark.

With 26 duels played, the Peruvian accumulated a total of 15 goals and 5 assists. This means that 20 Seattle goals saw the Peruvian player's participation in them.

He was also the leader with the most goals in the franchise's campaign —even beating the records registered by Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro. This data led fans to consider him the club's best player of the year.

His performances —within a year and a half— were plausible. Now, he has become the team's backbone, as was proven in the final match (Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto), in which he scored the winning goal in the 90th minute (3-1).

At the stadium, the fans chanted the name of "The Flea."

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Published: 11/11/2019
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