Charlotte, NC -- The Charlotte Eagles have signed a pair of former Concordia University products. Forward Christian Ramirez and Midfielder William Prado have both agreed to contracts for the 2013 USL PRO Season.
Christian Ramirez, 21, a Garden Grove, CA native, played two years at Concordia University in Irvine, CA after starting his college career at UC Santa Barbara. The 6'2" forward finished his college career with 44 goals and 18 assists. While at Concordia, Ramirez was named NAIA First Team All-American in 2012 while recording 23 goals and 6 assists and was also the GSAC 2012 Player of the Year. In 2011 Ramirez was named All-GSAC First Team and broke the school record for points in a game with five goals and three assists for 13 points against William Jessup. Ramirez tied the school single-season mark for points with 48 in 2011 and would go on to set the school record for points in a season with 52 in 2012. He finished third all-time in goals with 41, sixth in assists with 18, and third in points with 100.
William Prado, 24, an Anaheim, CA native, played two seasons at Concordia University following two seasons at Long Beach City College. Prado, a 2011 and 2012 NAIA HonorableMention All-American, finished his Concordia career with a school record 30 assists to go along with 20 goals. In 2011 Prado set the school single season record with 18 assists which was also tops in the NAIA that year. Will finished his Concordia career 6th all-time in points with 70. He was also a 2011 and 2012 All-GSAC First Team selection.
The Charlotte Eagles are an American professional soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1991, the team plays in the American Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
Eagles Men's GM Tom Engstrom added his thoughts about his two newest signings, "Both of these players came to a tryout and performed very well. Christian is a big target forward who can combine well, makes good runs and can score goals. Will is an attacking midfielder who is a very good passer with a track record of recording big assist numbers. Both of the players bring a passion for the game and a desire to be part of a good team culture."