Christian Ramirez (soccer)

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Christian Ramirez
Personal information
Full name Christian Ramirez
Date of birth (1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Santa Ana, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United FC
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2006 La Quinta High School
2009–2010 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
2011–2012 Concordia University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Orange County Blue Star 27 (4)
2013 Charlotte Eagles 23 (8)
2014– Minnesota United FC 42 (24)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Christian Ramirez (born April 4, 1991) is an American soccer player currently with Minnesota United FC in the North American Soccer League.

Youth and college[edit]

Born in Santa Ana, California, Ramirez attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California near his hometown of Garden Grove where he played center midfield and forward. As a freshman, he scored 17 goals and tallied 10 assists. During his sophomore year, he scored 18 goals and served eight assists. He opted not to play for the high school team during his junior and senior seasons.[1]

Ramirez played for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and earned the Golden Boot award at the nationals in 2008 after the squad won the tournament. He was named team captain for three seasons.[2]

Concordia University[edit]

Ramirez played two years at Concordia University in Irvine, California after starting his college career at UC Santa Barbara, where he appeared 17 times in two years, making just two starts and scoring one goal. The 6'2" forward finished his CUI 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.[3][4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Charlotte Eagles[edit]

In 2013, Ramirez signed with the Charlotte Eagles of the USL PRO.[6] He made his debut for the squad in a match against Antigua Barracuda FC, in which he tallied his first professional goal and was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week.[7][8]

Minnesota United FC[edit]

On January 8, 2014, Minnesota United FC announced that they had signed Ramirez for the 2014 NASL season.[9] After first-choice striker Pablo Campos suffered a torn ACL in preseason, Ramirez enjoyed a breakout season while starting every game. Ramirez was named NASL Player of the Week three times,[10][11][12] and the NASL Player of the Month twice, for May/June and for August.[13]

On the final game of the 2014 NASL Season, Ramirez scored his 20th goal, equaling the league record held by Campos and Etienne Barbara.[14] Ramirez won the 2014 NASL Golden Boot by an 8 goal margin and the NASL Young Player of the Year award.[15]

Honors[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Ramirez". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Christian Ramirez". Concordia University. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "COLLEGE: A perfect 10". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "COLLEGE: Our all-area teams". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Open Cup starts with local fight". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ramirez and Prado Sign with Pro Team in Charlotte". Golden State Athletic Conference. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Christian Ramirez named to USL PRO Team of the Week". Charlotte Eagles. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Timbers U-23s forward Mark Sherrod named to PDL Team of the Week". Portland Timbers. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Minnesota United Signs Colombian-American Forward Christian Ramirez". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "MNU Forward Christian Ramirez Named NASL Player Of Week 6". NASL. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ramirez Awarded Player of the Week". NASL. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ramirez NASL Player of the Week". NASL. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ramirez NASL Player of the Month". NASL. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "United Comes Back to Draw 2-2". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.kare11.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/11/12/mn-uniteds-christian-ramirez-named-nasls-best-young-player/18906939/

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