Minnesota United FC announced it has signed California native, and former USL PRO forward Christian Ramirez for the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) Season.
"We are very excited to have Christian on board," said Minnesota United head coach Manny Lagos. "We feel he has a ton of potential and he is going to add a lot to the attack of our team. He is a young pro with a great future ahead of him and we can't wait to get him on the field this 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.
Ramirez signed with the Charlotte Eagles of the USL PRO in 2013, making his club debut in a match against Antigua Barracuda FC, in which he scored his first professional goal and was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week. Ramirez appeared in 26 matches for Charlotte, playing 1,651 minutes while tallying 12 goals.
Ramirez trained with Minnesota in the summer of 2013 after finishing his USL PRO season.
"I would really like to thank Minnesota and the opportunity given to me this season," said an enthusiastic Christian Ramirez. "I'm really excited to get back to Minnesota and put on the uniform. I'm really thankful for the coaching staff for believing in me and bringing me on board and can't wait to see some of the guys I've met."
Minnesota United FC is an American professional soccer team based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area in Minnesota. Founded in 2010, the team plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid., and a professional league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation. The team won the 2011 NASL championship.
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.
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