Ramiro Corrales

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Ramiro Corrales
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Personal information
Full name Ramiro Corrales
Date of birth (1977-03-12) March 12, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Salinas, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 California Jaguars
1996–1997 San Jose Clash 25 (1)
1998 Miami Fusion 1 (0)
1998 MLS Pro-40 (loan) 15 (0)
1998–2000 MetroStars 56 (0)
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 96 (8)
2005–2006 HamKam 46 (2)
2007 Brann 11 (1)
2008–2013 San Jose Earthquakes 129 (7)
Total 379 (19)
National team
United States U20 19 (0)
1996–2008 United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 26, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 26, 2013

Ramiro Corrales (born March 12, 1977 in Salinas, California) is a retired American soccer player who spent most of his career with the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.

Known as a "reliable contributor who [is] strong in defense, composed and responsible with the ball and who works hard to make his teammates better",[1] Corrales was the last remaining active MLS player from its inaugural season in 1996 upon his 2013 retirement.[2]

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Corrales did not play college soccer; instead he signed with the California Jaguars of USISL. He then became a professional and entered the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. This was before the advent of Project-40, so Corrales forfeited any opportunity to guarantee a college scholarship. Corrales was drafted 81st by the Columbus Crew but was then immediately traded to the San Jose Clash (later to be renamed "Earthquakes") for a second-round selection in the MLS supplemental draft.

In his rookie season for the San Jose Clash, he garnered a goal and an assist playing 11 matches. He started in 11 games the following season. In November 1997, Corrales was drafted 16th by the Miami Fusion in the 1997 Expansion Draft. He was traded again in June 1998, this time to the MetroStars in exchange for Carlos Parra. With the Metros, Corrales was second on the team in minutes in 1999.

In 2001, Corrales was traded back to San Jose for the rights to Paul Grafer. There, he was integral part of coach Frank Yallop's team that would win the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cups. In nine years in MLS, Corrales scored nine goals and 19 assists. Corrales provided excellent depth as he is able to play left back, left midfield, central defense and central midfield.

After the 2004 season, Corrales signed with Norwegian club Hamarkameratene where he mainly played as left back. He was selected the club player of the year in the 2006 season by both local newspaper Hamar Arbeiderblad and as voted by the fans on the club's official homepage.[3]

On January 5, 2007, Hamarkameratene and Brann agreed on a transfer,[4] but Corrales was expelled from Norway on February 9 by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, leaving it uncertain if he could play for Brann. Corrales was expelled because he had played the whole 2006-season without a work-permit.[5] The case was solved on March 14 when the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) gave Corrales a new work-permit.[6]

After a US versus Sweden training match in January 2008, Ramiro refused to return to Bergen[7] and expressed that he would rather give up football than return. He claimed he did not like the Bergen weather,[8] although he later said he would accept a move to Oslo[9] which has a more dry climate than Bergen. He also modified his statement to he did not like being benched.

Corrales eventually returned to the United States in 2008, resigning for the San Jose Earthquakes. After four more years with San Jose, Corrales left the club on November 28, 2012.[10] He subsequently entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft. He was re-signed by the Earthquakes for the 2013 season in both a playing and coaching capacity in February 2013.[2]

Corrales played his last game October 26, 2013, against FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium. He played as a starter and was subbed out in the 69th minute treated with a standing ovation and teammates carrying him off the pitch.[11]

International[edit]

Ramiro has earned appearances for the United States national team, playing for the U-20 and U-23 teams along with four caps for the senior team in the 90's (his first coming October 16, 1996 against Peru). He also appeared in two games at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, helping the United States reach the semifinals. He was finally recalled in 2008 after an eight year absence.

Honors[edit]

USA[edit]

Norway[edit]

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