Carlos Ruiz has absolutely been on fire during World Cup qualifying, scoring four goals in the five games of group play. Three of those four goals have been game-winners.
Many American fans and players alike know Ruiz well from his days in Major League Soccer, where Ruiz racked up honors as league MVP, MLS Cup MVP, MLS All-Star MVP and won the Golden Boot award twice.
Over his career in MLS, Ruiz scored 88 goals and proved he can do it when it counts, including 16 goals in 17 playoff appearances. For the Guatemalan national team, Ruiz has 54 goals in 103 appearances.
Since Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed head coach of the USMNT, the U.S. has only kept a clean sheet in five of his 17 games in charge (not counting the January friendlies). Facing a striker of Ruiz’ quality, they will have their hands full.
However, with Carlos Bocanegra back in the middle organizing the defense and playing with pride in front of a home crowd, the U.S. defense will get the job done.