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Ruben Darío Hernández Ariza (born February 19, 1965 in Armenia) is a former Colombian football (soccer) striker, one of the leading scorers in his country's history, and one of the early busts of Major League Soccer.

Ruben Darío Hernández
Personal information
Full name Ruben Darío Hernández Ariza
Date of birth (1965-02-19) February 19, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Millonarios 114 (21)
1993–1994 Independiente Medellin 45 (21)
1994 Deportivo Pereira 41 (24)
1994 America de Cali 12 (6)
1995 Independiente Santa Fe 26 (13)
1996 NY/NJ MetroStars 10 (0)
1997–1998 Deportes Quindio 48 (15)
1999 Deportes Tolima 4 (0)
2000 Deportes Quindio 23 (2)
National team
1988–1996 Colombia 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Overall, Hernández scored 180 goals in the Colombian League for ten different teams: Deportes Quindío, Millonarios, Once Caldas, Atlético Nacional, Envigado, Independiente Medellín, América de Cali, Independiente Santa Fe, Deportes Tolima, and Deportivo Pereira.[1] He retired in 2000.

In 1996, "Rubencho" signed with Major League Soccer's MetroStars, but lasted only ten games with them without scoring a goal. He became unhappy in the United States and the league granted him a release back to Colombia.[2]

For Colombia, Hernández scored one goal in 17 caps and played for his country at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.