Carlos Ruiz to Galaxy?

After losing for the second time in three matches at home, trade rumors involving the Los Angeles Galaxy have once again kicked up.

The rumor that appears to have the most teeth would send Nate Jaqua and Chris Albright to FC Dallas in exchange for Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz. It would be the second stint in a Galaxy uniform for Ruiz - he spent 2002 - 2005 with Los Angeles, netting 50 goals in 72 appearances. Ruiz is also the second-highest scorer in the history of the Guatemala national team.

The other rumor involves the Galaxy potentially signing Middlesbrough defender Abel Xavier. The 34-year-old utility back has 20 caps and two goals for the Portugal national team and has apparently drawn interest from the Galaxy and Adelaide United FC, an Australian A-League team.

TJ's take: The Galaxy's most glaring weakness was exposed by Taylor Twellman and the Revs on Saturday night: Tyrone Marshall and Ty Harden in center defense is not getting the job done. A central defender should be the very first priority for the G's. I'm not sure Xavier would be willing to play for non-DP money...

On Ruiz: I shudder to think of Carlos Ruiz in a Galaxy uniform again. I don't like his attitude and his willingness to flop. It seems like every player has been linked with a move to the Galaxy lately... they can find someone of Ruiz's caliber without having to put up with his primadonna attitude.

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