The Washington Times - February 20, 2013, 05:44PM

On Wednesday, D.C. United went to a most unlikely source to find the proven goal-scorer the club has been seeking.

In acquiring Guatemalan veteran Carlos Ruiz via the league allocation process, United bolstered their forward corps with a player boasting 88 MLS goals in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas, Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union.


But the 2002 league MVP, who also has had stints playing in Paraguay, Greece and Mexico, is a polarizing player within MLS with a reputation for embellishment.

Ruiz figures to compete with incumbent Lionard Pajoy and fellow newcomers Rafael and Casey Townsend for minutes up top.