Former Nine Stripe Ozzy Ramirez Signs For Hometown Club In Green Bay
Former York United striker Osvaldo ‘Ozzy’ Ramirez will be part of the wave bringing semi-professional men’s soccer back to northeastern Wisconsin.
The 26-year-old striker is the first player to sign for the Green Bay Glory’s inaugural men’s team, which is set to play in the Midwest Premier League’s Heartland Conference.
There had been no semi-professional men’s side calling the region home since the Green Bay Voyageurs folded three years ago, with the Green Bay Glory only publicly unveiling its ambitions for a men’s team last week.
Ramirez had joined York United as one of four midsummer signings back in the 2021 CPL season, tallying two goals and one assist after 19 appearances. The club declined to extend his stay after the season ended, however, with the Mexican-American striker forced to stay sharp outside of the pro game in the time since.
While born in Green Bay, Ramirez had previously played for third division Mexican side Cafetaleros de Chiapas (with call-ups to second division affiliate side Cancun FC), having also spent time with lower division sides UA de Zacatecas, UA de Chihuahua, and Ocelotes de la Unach following reserve side stints with Liga MX sides CF Pachuca and Chiapas FC.
The centre-forward has now spent a few years outside of professional levels, but looks exactly the type of player that could help a new semi-professional men’s side like Green Bay Glory kick things off with a bang.
“I am very excited to be able to play for my city, and share my pro experience with the team,” added the striker himself.
While Ramirez made history as the first player of Mexican heritage to sign with York United, his former CPL side has leaned into that more of late following its purchase by the Pasquel brothers: the Nine Stripes have brought in Oswaldo Leon, Orlando Botello, and Josue Martinez over the last two months alone.
Osvaldo’s new team in Green Bay isn’t the only Wisconsin collective in the Heartland Conference, with Milwaukee’s Bavarian United also in the mix. A couple hours west of that lies USL League One side Forward Madison FC.
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