Raul Ruidiaz is looking to leave the Seattle Sounders this winter.

The Peruvian striker has played a key role in the Sounders’ success over recent years, scoring 61 goals in 96 appearances across all competitions since joining from Atletico Morelia in 2018. Nine of those goals have come in MLS Cup Playoff appearances.

During that time, he’s helped fire the club to MLS Cup in 2019, as well as the final in 2020 and this year’s Leagues Cup final.

Seattle only recently exercised their option to extend Ruidiaz’s contract through the 2022 season, with head coach Brian Schmetzer revealing a new deal was on the horizon.

“He’s going to get rewarded after the end of this year with a new contract, and that’ll be great,” Schmetzer told reporters (via Sounder at Heart). “The team is hopefully going to keep him around for another few years.”

But those contract talks now appear to have broken down. According to Pulso Sports’ Nick Negrini, Ruidiaz “does not feel valued” in Seattle and is actively seeking a move away.

Negrini also suggests “more than one club” is willing to do what it takes to acquire Ruidiaz, while reports early in November named Liga MX giants Cruz Azul as a frontrunner for the 31-year-old’s signature.

The Sounders recently crashed out of the MLS Cup Playoffs in Round One, losing at home on penalties to Real Salt Lake despite denying the visitors a single attempted shot.

With no more competitive action until February 2022, Seattle’s main focus will now be on trying to keep Ruidiaz at Lumen Field. Schmetzer will also look to build a team that can re-establish Seattle as an MLS Cup challenger after a relatively poor year by the club’s own high standards.

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