Christian Ramirez will be returning home to southern California. Minnesota traded the longtime Loon to LAFC for $800,000 of Allocation Money, an amount that could rise to $1M if Ramirez meets performance incentives.
Final return: $750,000 in allocation money across the next two seasons, plus the possibility of another $200,000 off of incentives, per #LAFC. Unless #MNUFC turns this into a starting player or two in the next 48 hours, a major gamble by the Loons. pic.twitter.com/zepQk6nNaO
— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) August 7, 2018
Ramirez leaves as the second all-time leading scorer in Minnesota professional soccer history with 72 goals, trailing former color commentator Alan Willey, who scored 95 for the Minnesota Kicks and Minnesota Strikers. Ramirez leaves as the highest scorer in Minnesota United history and was the first-ever Loon to score in MLS.
Christian took to Instagram to thank the fans, teammates, and Dr. Bill McGuire.
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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