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No, it’s not that Christian Ramos

Today was opening day of preseason for the Riverhounds, and it was a rather uneventful day with the team escaping the icy cold conditions at Highmark Stadium for an indoor training at Southpointe.

The only eventful item to report was a little blunder on its roster of the players invited to camp trying to earn a spot on the team.

There must be a reason why players brought into pro soccer preseason training camps for second division U.S. teams on trial are not often publicized. Sometimes the information available on these players is still a bit scarce.

When the Riverhounds released its 17-player list of invitees to preseason — one of the players listed on the roster was Christian Ramos, from Lima, Peru — who’s last club played with was Emelec.
Here’s a snapshot of Hounds trialists list provided to us on Friday:

Snapshot Hounds trialists
Apparently, the Hounds informed me this afternoon that this fella who was featured prominently in this post from Sunday night taking a ‘closer look’ at the players invited to camp, is not Christian Ramos from Peru.

Ramos celebrates

This Christian Ramos — from Peru — is not in preseason camp with the Hounds.

Team representatives said that Christian Ramos that showed up for the first day of practice today, hails from Argentina, and that’s about all we know about him.

I am sure that we’ll find out a little bit more about Christian Ramos, from Argentina, in the coming days. As for the moment neither the Hounds media staff, nor I (with a bit of an egg on our faces) have much on the guy.

Good news is that I confirmed that there are no other ‘impostors’ from this list which I shared tidbits of information about in my aforementioned post — as they all check out as one and the same.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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