U.S. Soccer unveiled the roster for friendlies this month against Ecuador and Chile, and Los Angeles Football Club forward Christian Ramirez is among the 24 players called up by USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Ramirez, 27, returns to the national team after a strong January training camp under Berhalter, one where he scored his first goal for his country. From the outside, it looked like that January camp might be his big shot to see if he could find traction with the USMNT and garner future call-ups, and he seems to have done just that. Add to that his good start to his club season, starting the first two games for LAFC and scoring his first goal of the season on Sunday in a 4-1 romp over the Portland Timbers.
Ramirez’s club teammate Walker Zimmerman, who also impressed in January, was not called up this time around by Berhalter, but the center backs corps appears to be considerably deeper at the moment and it looks like the coach is interested in getting a look at some players he didn’t get to see in January. I don’t think the door is closed for him by any means at this point.
The USMNT play Ecuador on March 21 in Orlando and Chile on March 26 in Houston. The camp is supposed to begin on Sunday in Orlando. LAFC play on Sunday in New York against New York City FC. I would expect Ramirez to remain with his club for that game, and miss the March 23 game at The Banc against Real Salt Lake. As long as Adama Diomande isn’t recalled by Norway, I don’t expect Ramirez’s absence to be a major bind for LAFC, as well as he’s started the season.
Congrats to Christian and good luck with the USMNT.
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