Forward Christian Ramirez, Minnesota United’s leading goal-scorer last season and second-leading goal-scorer this season, was traded to Los Angeles FC on Monday in a cash deal.
The Loons will receive $250,000 in general allocation money this year, $250,000 in general allocation money next year, $100,000 in targeted allocation money this year and $200,000 in targeted allocation money next year. LAFC could owe Minnesota up to another $200,000 depending on Ramirez’s goal totals in 2018 and 2019.
Ramirez, a 27-year-old Southern California native, moved from the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer with Minnesota United when the club joined the top-level circuit last year. He wound up with 14 goals and three assists in 30 games (27 starts) in 2017.
“To be able to add a proven MLS goal scorer in Christian is a win for us,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said. “He is a player we have monitored for a while, and are incredibly excited to welcome him home to Los Angeles.”
This season, Ramirez had seven goals and two assists in 20 games (17 starts) for Minnesota United. Only Darwin Quintero has more goals for the Loons, 10.
Ramirez had three goals in three games before he was benched Saturday in favor of the club’s new designated player, forward Angelo Rodriguez.
Coach Adrian Heath said of Rodriguez after Minnesota United’s 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “He led the line well back to him. He’ll give us a presence up there, which is, I think, sometimes what we’ve needed.”
—Field Level Media