Sources revealed that Peruvian striker Raúl Ruidíaz renewed his contract with Seattle Sounders FC to stay with the team for 3 more seasons, so we will be able to see him in action in MLS 2022.
The news was revealed today by Latin American media but has not been confirmed by the Sounders' social networks or the club's official website.
However, the aforementioned media gave details of the contract that the player signed to renew with his team, among which the one that stands out the most is the fact of his permanence.
What is the peculiarity of the contract that Ruidíaz has just signed with Seattle Sounders FC?
Although the contract specifies that the player will stay 3 more seasons at the club, the peculiarity is that the deal states that there will not be a fourth year for the player.
That is, the contract will be in force for the next 3 seasons, but the possibility that the player could be in Washington for the fourth season was completely out of the question.
The reasons for this peculiar agreement were not revealed, but for now, Sounders fans can be happy that their star striker will remain with them for 3 more seasons.
What was known before today about the possibility of Ruidíaz staying with the Sounders?
Until today's news, which has not been confirmed by the player himself or the club, it was known that both Raúl Ruidíaz and João Paulo were close to finalizing contract extensions to stay longer with the team.
This information was provided by the site Sounder at Heart by an anonymous source, who stated that the announcement could be made as early as this week.
The information provided by the anonymous source assured this and was not the only one to say so.
These contract extension negotiations were also revealed by The Athletic and Niko Moreno even indicated that João Paulo's new deal until 2024 is already finalized.
This information makes sense since 2024 would indeed be Ruidíaz's final season with the Sounders. If this information is confirmed, the Sounders would be close to retaining the core of their team.
This is because, in addition to Ruidíaz and Paulo, the Washington team is looking to retain a group of players signed until at least 2023.
This group includes Stefan Frei, Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Alex Roldan, Cristian Roldan and Albert Rusnák.
And in addition to these players, the Sounders are also discussing a contract extension with Xavier Arreaga and are likely talking to Yeimar about a similar deal.
Sounders want to repeat the 2021 campaign but with an upgrade
In this way, the Sounders are looking to retain a squad that last season had a great campaign that took them to second place in the overall Western Conference standings.
In fact, the team was only 1 point behind the Colorado Rapids, who accumulated 61 points in the entire campaign.
But that does not demerit the Sounders, who in 34 matches won 17, drew 9, and lost 8. They also accumulated 53 goals scored, 17 of which were scored by the Peruvian, who also has 61 goals in 96 games for the club.
It is therefore not surprising that the Washington club wants to keep most of its roster and seek to correct the mistakes that prevented them from reaching the MLS Cup.