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Houston Dynamo acquire forward Christian Ramírez from Los Angeles FC

The U.S. national team forward will join the Houston Dynamo after the club sent loads of allocation money to LAFC. Ramirez has four goals and two assists this year.

HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo acquired forward Christian Ramírez in a trade Wednesday with Los Angeles FC.

To acquire Ramírez’s services on the closing day of the secondary transfer window, Houston sent LAFC $100,000 in 2019 General Allocation Money, $75,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money, $75,000 in 2020 Targeted Allocation Money, along with additional future performance-based considerations.

Ramírez is a proven striker. He has scored 27 goals and assisted on seven others in his three-year MLS career, including a career-high 14 goals in 2017 with Minnesota United FC. Ramírez was one of the players Minnesota kept around when it transitioned from North American Soccer League to MLS play that season.

This season, Ramírez has played an important role for LAFC, the league’s top-scoring team. The forward has four goals and two assists in 17 appearances.

The 28-year-old also has national team experience, notching two caps with the U.S. Both appearances came this year and he has scored one goal for the Stars and Stripes.

“Christian is a very talented center forward who has had a very good career in MLS so far, playing for Minnesota United and for LAFC, as well as for the national team,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement. “He has a good pedigree and a good résumé, and he’s still young with a lot of possibilities. We believe that he is going to bring a lot of good things for us and he’s going to help us to achieve our goals as we try to qualify for the playoffs over these last 11 games.”

“We are very pleased to add a player like Christian Ramirez to the Houston Dynamo. He is a proven goal scorer who is in the prime of his career and has national team experience,” Dynamo senior vice president Matt Jordan said in a statement. “With his skillset, he will complement our current attacking corps quite well. With the addition of Christian, we are confident that our roster is in a good position to finish the season well and push for the playoffs.”

This is the first move Houston has made in this transfer window, but the deadline for MLS doesn’t end until midnight Wednesday. Honduran midfielder Alberth Elis and Colombian striker Mauro Manotas have been mentioned in rumors of players that could potentially leave Houston, but nothing has been confirmed with the club.

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