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.

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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.