Former Springs first team midfielder Oscar Ramsay’s football career has now taken him from Meola Rd to North Carolina, via New York.
The 22 year old has signed with American professional soccer club Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship, after four years at US college; Hofstra University.
Oscar started playing at Western Springs as a five year old for Team Rimu coached by life member Steve Lowe. A few years later he moved on to “Joga Bonita” – the three times metro championship team coached by Bart Cleverly. Oscar then joined Wynton Rufer’s WYNRS Academy which played its club football under the banner of Onehunga Sports. Here he was coached by Auckland City great, the late Keryn Jordan.
A stint at Central United followed, winning the U19 league and making his first team debut. He also played for Auckland City in the national youth league under Chris Zorocich, the current Springs Premier coach. Oscar then returned to Western Springs to play first team football under Neil Emblem. He also played for Westlake Boys High School during this time, captaining the team in his final year.
Oscar was in the extended squad for the NZ U20 team before moving to New York. He accepted a scholarship to Hofstra University on Long Island. As a starter for the NCAA Division One University, he played 73 games over his four year college career. He also spent his summers playing in the USL2 league for various clubs including Reading United and Lionsbridge FC, where he made the USL2 national final in 2018 with the former.
Oscar will begin preseason with Charlotte Independence this month. With a semester of university papers to complete online, he plans to graduate in May with a major in Finance.
Congratulations Oscar, Springs are very proud to be a part of your journey!