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Monarcas Twitter account says Raul Ruidiaz will join Seattle Sounders

Brian Schmetzer may soon be receiving reinforcements, if Liga MX club Monarcas Morelia's social media is to be believed. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Liga MX club Club Atletico Monarcas Morelia said via Twitter Wednesday night that Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz would join the Seattle Sounders. Ruidiaz, who had been linked to the Sounders earlier in the week by his agent, scored 20 goals in each of the past two Liga MX seasons.

While the Sounders were losing their midweek match against the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, Monarcas sent out a tweet saying that Ruidiaz’ contribution to their club would be etched in their history:

Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer played it safe when asked about Monarcas’ tweet after the match.

“I’m not aware of that tweet, so thank you for letting me know,” Schmetzer told Pro Soccer USA. “I’ll have to obviously get it from my upper management or my people before I take their word or, you know, social media is very dangerous. We hope to have a player of his caliber join our team, for sure, but I’ll wait until it’s official.”

Ruidiaz first joined Monarcas as a loan signing, finishing the 2016 apertura with a league-best 11 goals before he signed a three-year deal with the club. The Peruvian’s goal production will be welcome in Seattle, where the Sounders have scored a league lowest 10 goals through 13 matches played and are the only club in MLS averaging less than a goal per match.

Half an hour after the club’s initial tweet, Monarcas produced a second tweet, thanking Ruidiaz for his contribution to the club and showing a highlight video of his best goals:

Ruidiaz, 27, is currently in Russia with the Peruvian national team for the FIFA World Cup. It is unclear when the striker would be available to join the Sounders, thought he would be unable to join the club until after the MLS summer transfer window opens July 10.

The Sounders are in 10th place in the Western Conference, with a 3-8-2 ledger after Wednesday’s loss to New York.




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