There might not be a less appreciated players in MLS than Carlos Ruiz. While many players operate under the national radar, few produce like him, seemingly to the chagrin of their own fanbase. Well, maybe that's finally changing. Fresh off rubbishing rumors that he was heading to Mexico, Ruiz scored in his third consecutive game to lead the Philadelphia Union to a resounding 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on Sunday to move to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Ruiz scored the game's opening goal in the 12th minute, finishing a feed from Keon Daniel header. Ruiz had started the sequence when he flicked on a ball from just inside midfield and followed the play all the way into the goal box. The Union also got goals from defender Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams. They know sit at 31 points, two clear of the New York Red Bulls with two matches in hand.
The Revolution did not take a single shot in the first half and did not force Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon into a single save. They have now gone winless in nine straight and are mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.