“Including players always generates some controversy,” Gareca said. “Raúl Ruidíaz asked to not be included due to issues that he needs to take care of. Essentially those are personal reasons.”
It was not immediately clear what sort of personal reasons Ruidíaz cited. He is arguably Perú’s top option at striker, with Paolo Guerrero having not played since last summer and Jefferson Farfan now 34 years old. Ruidíaz has never had an extended look as a starter for Perú, though, and has just four goals in 37 appearances for La Blanquirroja. Ruidíaz has scored 14 times in 17 matches for the Sounders and has been one of Peru’s most decorated scorers at the club level for about five years.
The Sounders are expected to have several players called away for games during that window, most notably Nicolas Lodeiro, who was named to Uruguay’s preliminary 27-man roster for the China Cup.