Superman is finally getting his chance.
After his first season in MLS, Christian Ramirez has earned his invite to play with the U.S. National Team, reporting to the annual senior team camp on January 10 at the National Training Center in Carson, California.
This stint will also include a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina January 28 at the StubHub Center.
The January camp has long been a testing ground for the new: different combinations on the field; young, inexperienced players; and a fresh start for 2018.
After a disappointment in World Cup qualifying, acting U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan has chosen a roster with the future, and youth, in mind. Twelve players on the new team have been on the roster of teams competing for the FIFA Youth World Cup, while 50 percent of the roster, including Ramirez, will be making its international debut.
The MLS is also highly exhibited, with 28 of the 30 men on the roster also playing in the U.S.-based league.
Ramirez can boast an impressive resume in his one year in the league—he tallied 14 goals in 30 games, scoring the most by an American player in the MLS last season.
The call-up for Ramirez comes nearly a half a year after what many thought was a snub on the U.S. 23-man roster for the Gold Cup. The United States ended up earning its sixth title with a win over Jamaica.
But this time, it was Ramirez’s time to get the call.
Thanks everyone for all the messages! Truly humbled and excited for this opportunity ahead. More work to be done— Christian Ramirez (@Chris_Ramirez17) January 8, 2018
Ramirez will join five other forwards on the roster, including Seattle’s Jordan Morris and Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer. The full 30-man roster is below:
DEFENDERS (9): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 0/0), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club; 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 15/2), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Ian Harkes (D.C. United; 0/0), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 1/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 2/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 37/6)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 27/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 24/5), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; 4/0), CJ Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 3/0)