Reporting by Adam Cann. Photo: Nicolae Stoian.
At the press conference following the Philadelphia Union’s disappointing 2–1 loss to Colorado Rapids, Union head coach Peter Nowak told reporters that Carlos Ruiz is no longer with the club.
He went on to say that a major factor in this decision was the treatment Ruiz received from the fans and media.
Nowak said that while the details of the deal leading to Ruiz’ departure have not been finalized, the Guatemalan forward’s exit is a certainty.
While offering no details on which club Ruiz was heading to, Nowak said an announcement is pending.
When asked why Ruiz was no longer with the club, Nowak said, “Look at the whole picture before Carlos arrived. And my message to him in conversation is that it will be different than in Toronto or Dallas or LA. I think he embraced that in a good way as a true professional. There were a lot of fans in the stands here have a pre-bias towards Carlos. They made some bad comments about him being a diver, or being that, or that, or not working hard enough. It is getting tiring for all of us. We accept the offer from the [other] club. Carlos is no longer going to be with us. We will finalize, it will take a couple more weeks.”
Nowak continued, “It was a privilege to work with Carlos and many of the guys in the locker room were disappointed when we came to the decision. As I said, nothing’s finalized yet but I think it’s going to be difficult to replace him.
“As I said, I always believe the fans in the stands are the guys who are standing behind us,” Nowak elaborated. “They’re going to cheer for us, they’re going to be behind the whole 15, 20, 23, 28 players we have on the roster, they’re not about having something against single players. As I said, it’s an unfortunate thing but I think from all of us that’s… we’ve got to move forward, we’ve got to get the guys who are going to be in the place to score goals.
Nowak said further, “There was not part of us who think Carlos doesn’t bring anything to the table. I think from the minute he showed up in Florida in preseason to today, that he won’t change his work. He’s a guy who’s going do everything for the team, and the goals he scored were amazing. All of them. And that’s the part that is missing. But as I said, we’ve got to move forward. We’ve got to make sure that the offer we accept, that we’re going to replace him with a good player.”