Hometown: El Astillero, Spain
Former Club: Racing Santander
Sergios Ruiz is Charlotte FC’s first-ever professional signing.
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived via transfer from Spanish side Racing Santander during MLS’ two-day transfer window in July 2020.
The Spaniard represented Racing in the past three seasons, after graduating from its reserve team in 2016. His six goals and seven assists in the 2018-19 campaign helped earn Racing promotion to the Spanish Second Division.
He is renowned for his technical abilities, leadership qualities—he was team captain in Santander—and versatility within different tactical systems.
“Sergio has adapted himself strongly to different roles, whether that’s playing in a two-man or a three-man midfield.,” said Charlotte FC Director of Scouting Thomas Schaling. “Sergio is a technical midfielder who reads the game well, both with and without the ball.”
Ruiz will occupy one of Charlotte’s eight international roster slots.