Ozzie Ramos is ready for the next chapter of his soccer career.
The 2014 Central Valley High School grad completed his rookie season with ASC San Diego of the National Premier Soccer League this past month.
“Every morning I wake up, I think about how I can get better,” he said. “That keeps me going.”
Ramos filled a major role as ASC San Diego amassed a 15-6-1 overall record, and claimed the West Region title and advanced to the semifinals of the NPSL Playoffs for the first time.
He collected five goals and four assists while starting at defensive center midfielder.
“On the days I could, I worked extra,” Ramos said. “It paid off. I did my job. A component I added to my game was scoring.”
Ramos and ASC San Diego fell one win shy of playing for the NPSL Championship.
The top-seeded New York Cosmos pulled away for a 2-0 victory over fourth-seeded ASC San Diego in the NPSL semifinals on July 27 at Hofstra University.
“Of course it would have been nice to be in the finals,” Ramos said. “I’m a competitive guy. I want to win everything. But we played a team with more experience. Some of their guys played in the MLS, Champions League and were captains of their National teams. They deserved to win.”
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the opening half.
“We executed our game plan, which was to be well-organized,” Ramos said.
ASC San Diego trailed 1-0 when Ramos exited the game 17 minutes into the second half.
“We had one breakdown,” Ramos said. “That’s why they’re moving on and our season is over. We did everything we could.”
ASC San Diego won three of its four postseason games, including two via penalty kicks.
Ramos had two goals and one assist.
Ramos joined ASC San Diego three games into the 2019 season.
“I came on for a week trial and after that they signed me,” he said. “I pretty much started every game. I proved myself.”
Ramos’ next playing opportunity could be with a professional team in MLS, Mexico or overseas.
“I’m confident it’s going to happen,” he said. “I signed with an agent two weeks ago. I’ll have something figured out very soon. Whatever the best offer is, that’s what I’ll take.”
Ramos totaled seven assists and one goal during his two-year career with the Seattle University men’s soccer team.
Ramos helped the Redhawks secure a berth to the NCAA Division-I Tournament in 2017. He earned all-Western Athletic Conference honorable-mention accolades.
Ramos spent his first two years of college at San Diego State. He saw action in all 38 of the Aztecs’ games.
He collected two goals, dished out one assist and attempted 39 shots while starting 31 times.
Ramos was voted San Diego’s top newcomer his freshman year.
Ramos graduated from Central Valley High School in 2014.
He tied for first in California in assists (29) and ranked fifth in goals (31) during his final season with the Hawks. He also claimed the WAC Most Valuable Player award for the second year in a row.
Central Valley posted a program-best 26-2-0 overall record, captured their sixth straight conference title and advanced to the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.