By Ivory Brooks
CONCACAF announced plans to honor Carlos Ruiz with the confederation's first-ever Presidents Award Wednesday.
The D.C. United forward spoke out against match fixing on the Guatemalan National Team and is being recognized for jumpstarting the inquiry into the organization.
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football acts as the governing body for soccer in this area.
“The success of football within our region is constantly being shaped by individual actions of players, coaches, administrators and executives,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb in a statement. “We want to recognize Carlos for his incredible courage to stand up for the integrity of our game and denounce match manipulation activities. His long legacy to football has now a deep footprint both inside and outside the pitch.”
A ceremony to celebrate El Pescadito is set to take place tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) at Palacio Bolivar in the Cancillería General de la República in Panama City, Panama.
Ruiz is new to D.C. United singing only two months ago continuing his career of more than a decade. The President's award will be added to his long list of honors including MLS MVP, MLS Cup, League-Leader in Goals, and 9th All-Time leading scorer in League History.