Christian Ramirez has returned to Major League Soccer as hes has signed a deal with the Columbus Crew following an agreement on a transfer fee by Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.
The deal, which was announced on Thursday, was completed for an undisclosed fee, with the striker signing on with the Crew until 2024 and an option for 2025.
Ramirez, 31, had signed with the Aberdeen back in 2021 and proved to be one of the catalyst in the team as went on to score 16 goals in his inaugural season under former head coach Stephen Glass. However, his second season for the Dons would be difficult as current coach Jim Goodwin decided to bring in other attacking options, leaving him struggling to earn minutes.
The California native played his final game for Aberdeen on January 15 in their 2-1 defeat to Rangers in the League Cup semifinal.
“At his age Christian wants to play regular first-team football and the opportunity to return closer to home meant this was a prospect he was eager to pursue,” said Goodwin said in statement on Aberdeen’s website.
“There is no doubt Christian had a positive impact during his time at Pittodrie and I thank him for his efforts.”
Ramirez wraps up his career in Scotland scoring 18 total goals and registering five assists in 60 appearances in all competitions for Aberdeen.
“I want to thank everyone in Aberdeen, the fantastic supporters and those behind the scenes, for allowing me to be part of such a historic club,” Ramirez said in his farewell to the team.
“I wish everyone connected with the Dons the best of luck in the coming years, which I hope will be filled with great success.”
Ramirez will be looking to play his first official game for the Crew when they open the 2023 MLS season on February 25 against the Philadelphia Union.