Tag: Samuel Ruiz Plaza

Meet the players: Sammy With The Good Hair

One of the first signings by Minneapolis City, center midfielder Samuel Ruiz Plaza, or “Sammy with the good hair”, joins the Crows after a standout freshman season at D3 powerhouse Messiah College where he started 18 of 20 games full of highlights LIKE THESE.

Ruiz Plaza’s soccer career was kick-started in 8th grade with a year spent in Spain playing with the Ancora Aranjuez academy.

“We were in the second division, right under the top academy teams. that is really where I started to develop as a player.”

He returned to Minnesota and began to stack up a number of trophies and accolades.

At East Ridge High School he was a four-year varsity player, captain, all-state his junior and senior year and all-region his senior year. He racked up successes at club level as well, with two state championships with the St Croix Academy.

“I can’t wait to see him in this team, surrounded by these players” said Dan Hoedeman, the club’s Managing Director. “He has great vision and they can exploit it. Also, the guys have been drawing up haircuts they think they can talk “Sammy with the good hair” into and it could get legendary this summer.”

“Samuel was one of our top targets. He brings a little bit of flair to the team, a little bit of youthful exuberance” continued Hoedeman.

Ruiz Plaza can fit well in the midfield in a number of formations, and should dovetail with other midfielders on the roster like AJ Albers and Sam Forsgren.

“I wanted to be able to play soccer at a high level and MCSC gives me the opportunity to do so. I’m really excited about the team and gaining experience at a high level” said Ruiz Plaza.

He said “no comment” when pressed on his opening day hairstyle and referred all inquiries to “someone, anyone else.”

Major Signings From City

Minneapolis, Minn. – At the club’s launch event in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, the Minneapolis City coaching staff announced six high-profile signings as the club gears up for its inaugural season in the Premier League of America.

Head coach Keith Kiecker commented, “our plan is to build a team from the best college players from Minnesota, supported by some savvy veterans. With these signings we announced today, we’re in very good shape for the season to come.”

Sam Forsgren, a forward from Northwestern, is the club’s first signing. Voted to the B1G All Freshman team his first season, and appearing in all of the Wildcats’ games his second, Forsgren is a dynamic midfielder who shows more respect for the ball than your grandfather showed for your grandmother.

“Sam gives us a threat up top that will make it difficult for opposing back lines to defend against.  He’s left footed making him versatile and dangerous throughout the field.”

Minneapolis native Duncan Werling, a goalkeeper committed to UCLA, is an agile shotstopper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is known (around here) as The Neuer Of The Prairie™.

“Duncan brings an out of the gym type of athleticism and an unparalleled work ethic that will allow him to compete for a starting spot on Day 1.”

Trey Benhart is a powerful defender who has come into his own at Wisconsin-Green Bay, leading the team in minutes the past two seasons and turning the Phoenix into one of the Midwest’s meanest defenses.

“Trey will solidify our back line and provide great leadership on and off the field.  His composure on the ball, vision, and size will be an asset all over the pitch.”

Samuel Ruiz Plaza will slot into the midfield. A wizard with the ball at his feet and possessing great vision, Ruiz Plaza should turn his impressive freshman season at Messiah College into an equally impressive first season with City.

“He is technically smooth and tactically savvy. His strength is his distribution and we will depend on him to orchestrate our attack.”

Further strengthening the defense is Rahim Omar, a four-star recruit who chose Wisconsin-Madison. Omar marries defensive solidity with a smooth-like-a-calm-lake-ness on the ball and will be a huge asset to the team.

“I’ve watched him the past two years get bigger and faster without losing his ability on the ball. He will help anchor the back line while giving us an offensive threat out of the back.”

Will Kidd helped Como Park to their first state title in any sport and then followed it up by making seven appearances for Bradley University as a true freshman.

“He has unlimited potential because his skill and talent are matched by a willingness to run through a wall for his team. There is no quit in this Kidd. Pun intended.”

Minneapolis City travel to Milwaukee to take on Bavarians on May 21st for the club’s first competitive game.

“These signings are a great start, but just a start” said Technical Director Alan Merrick. “We will be looking at players in the coming weeks, looking to keep quality high while adding some veteran nous to build a team that can make some noise in this league.”