Raúl Ruidíaz says he is present just days after knowing the squad list of the Peruvian team with a view to the friendly against New Zealand and, above all, the intercontinental playoff against Australia or the United Arab Emirates. This Sunday, the striker changed a penalty kick for a goal for the Seattle Sounders 1-1 against Minnesota United in MLS.
The goal of the ‘9’ was possible thanks to the offense received by his teammate Cristian Roldan. The Sounders attacker entered the rival area with the slogan of finding the tie (they lost 0-1 due to Robin Lod’s goal). In this way, the American soccer player was knocked down by the rival defense and the judge did not hesitate to call the foul.
Right away, Ruidíaz, who was not called up for the matches against FC Dallas (MLS) or the San Jose Earthquakes (US Open Cup), asked for the balloon to do his thing. Raúl placed the ball on the fateful point. Then, at the sound of the whistle, the centre-forward shot from mid-height to overcome the resistance of goalkeeper St. Clair Dayne.
Thus, the ‘Flea’ celebrates for the first time in the new season of the domestic championship, after a start marked by injuries and irregularity with a view to the opposite goal. There is no doubt that the presentation of the Peruvian in the Concachampions has filled him with confidence to improve his figures.
This weekend, Ruidíaz returned to the field for the first time since the unforgettable day he lived against Pumas UNAM of Mexico in the continental final. On May 5, the striker scored a brace in the 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders to secure the championship (the first in the club’s history) and, incidentally, a place in the Club World Cup.