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Minnesota United trades star striker Christian Ramirez to LAFC

The 27-year-old club had been with the club for 5 years.
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Minnesota United striker Christian Ramirez has been traded to Los Angeles F.C. 

The 27-year-old is headed to the West Coast, with the Loons receiving $1 million in allocation money spread over the next two years in return.

Ramirez was a popular figure with fans and in the clubhouse, where he's close friends with midfielder Miguel Ibarra, and during his five-year tenure with Minnesota he scored 74 goals.

He was their top scorer in United's first season in MLS with 14 goals, and this season has scored 7 and assisted 2 in 20 appearances.

After his departure was confirmed, Ramirez thanked the fans in an emotional Instagram post, saying: "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!"

While Minnesota will miss his goal threat in offense, the blow of Ramirez's departure is softened by the recent emergence of Darwin Quintero, Minnesota's first designated player.

Since debuting on April 17, Quintero has banged in 9 goals and had 8 assists in 18 appearances.

Nonetheless, some United supporters aren't happy with trading away a fan favorite.

MNUFC sporting director Manny Lagos paid tribute to Ramirez, saying his time at the Loons is a "feel-good story for both sides."

"You have a young man who became a very good soccer player and launched his professional career with Minnesota United," he said.

"We’re excited that he was a part of some really special years with us in NASL and MLS and it’s somebody we’ve been very proud to have as a part of our club for years and we are happy to give him an opportunity to go back home to California to continue his career.

"Moving forward, this benefits us as a club with resources to put toward building for the future."

The last time Ramirez played against his new club LAFC, he scored twice in a resounding 5-1 Minnesota win.

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