LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has acquired goal-scoring forward Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United FC.
LAFC traded $550,000 in cash Monday night in a deal that includes a potential $200,000 more depending on future performances by Ramirez, the leading goal-scorer in Minnesota United’s franchise history.
Ramirez is a native of Garden Grove, California, who has been with Minnesota for five seasons. He stuck with the club during its rise from the NASL to MLS, and he scored the Loons’ first MLS goal last season before finishing the season as its leading goal-scorer.
Ramirez had an early-season slump this year, but was still Minnesota’s second-leading goal-scorer. He got two goals in the Loons’ rout of LAFC last month, and he had three goals in three games before getting benched last weekend.
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Minnesota, Never did I think 5 years ago, I would call Minnesota home. Thank you to everyone involved that helped bring this dream to life, I am forever thankful to everyone! To the fans, I can’t thank you enough for your love and warm welcome from day 1, to the extra motivation you guys provided when things weren’t going well. I hope that I left a lasting impression of passion, smiles, winning, and touched the younger generation here in Minnesota to continue to push this great state to levels that it’s yet to reach and will reach! I had dreams of never leaving. I never thought this day would come. It still doesn’t seem real. Minnesota became home, my wife and I started a family here and will forever have that in our hearts. Again and I can’t say it enough you guys helped me grow as a person and player and will be forever grateful. And of course not to forget my teammates the ones I can call family thank you for everything thank you for being not just teammates but my friends thank you. Dr. Bill can’t thank you enough for saving the club when it was ready to fold and now seeing it grow the way it has you’ve done an amazing job. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the first MLS team. Thank you, Christian Ramirez #CR21
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