Wondering what Mo Johnston planned to do with the roster and salary cap space that opened up when the team dropped Laurent Robert?
That's Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz of the L.A. Galaxy.
If you still haven't figured it out "Pescadito" is Spanish for "little fish."
As I've said before, we all need to be ready for the occasional dose of spanglish.
Ives is reporting it and my source at the league says it's happening, so expect this one to become official within the next few days.
In theory the deal gives TFC what they need -- goals from the striker spot. Though he has scored just once in 10 games this season, Ruiz has totalled 82 goals in his 150-game MLS career.
The trade also gives the Galaxy something they've wanted:
Rid of Ruiz.
With Landon Donovan (MLS' leading scorer) and TFC castoff Edson Buddle (third in scoring) scoring plenty of goals for the Galaxy, the team never really needed Ruiz. Dumping him and his $460,000 salary give the Galaxy and their new head coach, Bruce Arena, the roster and salary cap space to sign defender Eddie Lewis.
And after conceding 42 goals in just 20 games, the Galaxy might need defence even more than TFC needs offence.
No word yet on when the deal becomes official or what TFC will send the Galaxy in return.
-- Morgan Campbell