Seattle Sounders signed Raul Ruidiaz's deal on Friday after the striker ended his participation in the World Cup with Peru.
The acquisition of Ruidiaz had long been anticipated. The 27-year-old's former club, Morelia from Mexico, announced his departure for MLS two weeks ago. He will make his MLS debut after the secondary transfer window opened on July 10th.
Sources told ESPN Deportes earlier this month that Morelia had accepted a transfer fee of $ 7.5 million – quite big by MLS standards – after No The Mexican club has a bid for the 5-foot in the last game of the MX League 7-attacker made.
The Sounders said Ruidiaz signed a contract with a particular player. To make room for a third EP, Seattle used targeted allotment money to cut the contract of Osvaldo Alonso, who earned $ 1
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Sources told ESPN Deportes earlier this month that Ruidiaz's contract would make him one of the top 10 highest paid players in MLS and his salary would rise to over $ 2.4 million.
For Morelia, Ruidiaz scored 40 goals in two years in the MX league, including the playoffs – the second-best scorer in the Mexican league during that period.
He will be a welcome addition to the front of the Sounders attack to Jordan Morris was lost for the season with a knee injury. The Sounders have only 11 goals in 12 games, eight less than any other team in the league.
"We are very pleased to bring a player of Raul's quality and add him to our current squad," said Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer. "He has a strong resume as the top scorer in both Mexico and South America and we look forward to seeing that translate into the MLS and help our club succeed."
Ruidiaz came in two of Peru's three games at the World Cup this month, with 1-0 defeats by France and Denmark.
Internationally Ruidiaz is best known for the controversial goal in the 1-0 Peru vs. Brazil group stage, the Copa America Centenario 2016, which displaced the Brazilians and brought Peru into the knockout stages. Ruidiaz scored with his right hand a hit in the net, but was missed by the officers.
Before Ruidiaz he played in Peru for Universitario, Brazil for Coritiba and Chile for Universidad.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.