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U.S. Virgin Islands international Josh Ramos signs with South Georgia

By Staff, 12/19/23, 5:00PM EST


23-year-old defender captained the Dashing Eagles in recent Nations League contests

23-year-old defender captained the Dashing Eagles in recent international contests | Image Credit: Dalton State University

STATESBORO, Ga. - South Georgia Tormenta FC today announced the signing of U.S. Virgin Islands international defender Joshua Ramos. The 23-year-old joins the club on a one-year contract with an option for 2025 following his graduation from Dalton State University.

Captaining the U.S. Virgin Islands men's national team in recent matches, Ramos joins Tormenta FC having made 14 appearances for his country. He recently led the team as captain in a Concacaf Nations League match against Aruba on Nov. 16, 2023. Ramos made his debut for the Dashing Eagles on Nov. 17, 2019, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat against the Cayman Islands. Ramos has represented the national team in Concacaf World Cup qualification, Concacaf Nations League, and international friendly play.

During the past two seasons at Dalton State University, Ramos made 36 appearances, scored 14 goals, and provided 15 assists for the Roadrunners at the NAIA level. Following the 2022 season, he was named to the SSAC All-Freshman Team, and following the 2023 season, he was named an NAIA Second Team All-American and SSAC First Team All-Conference.

Before his time at Dalton State University, Ramos played for Lakeland United in the UPSL during the 2022 season and for Winter Haven United in the UPSL from 2019 to 2022. The Sebring, Fla. native also spent time with the Auburndale Scream's U-19 team in the Super Y League in 2018.

Ramos began his career with AFA Olaine, then of the Latvian Second League, the country's third-highest division, where he made three appearances and scored a goal in a 3-2 victory over FK Alliance.

"Our club gets great joy from finding guys who fly under that radar a little, but, when provided the opportunity, will flourish at the USL level," said Tormenta FC Head Coach Ian Cameron. "We're bullish that Josh can make a big impact in his first full year as a pro with us. He has all the physical and technical attributes to be a very good attacking outside back and will allow us to maintain a consistent game model in how we want our right backs to operate.

"There's always an adaptation period for young players like Josh, but what gives us confidence he can convert quickly is the program he arrives from, Dalton State, are really well coached and held to a high set of standards, therefore making the transition easier. If he absorbs our information quickly he could make an immediate impact."

"I chose Tormenta FC because it best aligns with my core values as a player," Ramos said. "I value family and I feel that the way the team is shaped that family is at the forefront of all coaching and player development. This allows us to build a strong cohesion on and off the field."

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