Negotiations continue for the Union to sell forward Carlos Ruiz as part of multiple moves the Major League Soccer team is about to make, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.
The Union is not just selling Ruiz as a salary dump, according to the source. He was the second-highest paid player on the team earning a guaranteed salary of $306,670, according to figures released by the MLS's Player's Union.
In a correlating move, the Union is working on signing a young international striker, who would in essence replace Ruiz. The Union is also working on a deal to extend an agreement with one of their existing players.
The MLS summer transfer window ends on Aug. 14. That is when MLS may request the transfer certificate of a player under contract in another country.
Team manager Peter Nowak announced after Friday's 2-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Rapids that Ruiz would be leaving the club. Ruiz declined to meet with the reporters.
Ruiz had signed with the Union on Feb. 22 on a free transfer from Greek SuperLiga club Aris FC. He had a team-high six goals in 14 games for the Union.