A source close to the situation confirmed that while Minnesota United has fielded calls inquiring about a move for striker Christian Ramirez, no deal is impending.
Rumors flew on Twitter after Sunday's 5-1 game, when fans interpreted Ramirez's subdued goal celebrations as some kind of discontent. Ramirez then posted a bit of a cryptic tweet after the game and tagged the team and his agency.
����♂️������������ pic.twitter.com/oHDjhB8fVC— Christian Ramirez (@Chris_Ramirez17) July 23, 2018
With new designated player Angelo Rodriguez arriving Monday, other clubs have wanted to know if that addition meant Ramirez was available to acquire. Rodriguez plays the same position as Ramirez, and prior to the past two games, Ramirez was in a big scoring slump. But Ramirez has scored three goals in the past two games and is looking closer to his 2017 form, when he scored a team-high 14 goals.
The source said none of those calls have amounted to anything yet. At the moment, the team is excited about its forward lineup, which also includes young players Abu Danladi and Mason Toye. With Ramirez back to his goal-scoring ways, he and Rodriguez will have fierce competition for playing time, unless coach Adrian Heath opts for a two-forward system in which they can work together.
Against the New England Revolution on Wednesday, Ramirez had another interesting celebration, which was a reaction to being called a sitting duck on Twitter.
Of his celebrations Sunday, Ramirez said postgame his quiet display was intentional but didn't explain further.
"Thought about [doing the sitting duck again]," Ramirez said. "I hadn’t really had a chance to celebrate. So that was nice."
Ramirez has seven goals and two assists this year. The current transfer window closes Aug. 8.
While Rodriguez will train for the first time with the Loons on Wednesday, he is unlikely to play in Vancouver on Saturday for two reasons. One is obtaining a Canadian visa in time. The other is that the team still doesn't have an international spot for him yet. United traded its eighth spot earlier this season with Sam Nicholson to the Colorado Rapids. The other seven are filled. A source said the team is aware of this issue and has a solution in the works. That solution could be trading with another team to acquire an additional spot or moving one of the current international players to free up one.