Player Details

Name

Ricardo Perez

Height

5' 8"

Weight

161 lbs

Date of Birth

5.30.1995 (27)

Birthplace

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Position

Midfielder

Player Category

Homegrown
2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
College: Creighton University
Citizenship: USA/Mexico
Birth date: May 30, 1995
Acquired: Signed to a Homegrown contract on January 6, 2017

MLS CAREER

2018

  • Was sent on loan to the Charlotte Independence of the USL. Perez appeared in 14 USL games, one from the start.
  • Missed the final two games of the MLS season due to a meniscus injury.

2017

  • Rookie season, having signed a professional contract as a Homegrown player.
  • Named in the 18 for the first time in his MLS career for the 1-0 loss at New York Red Bulls (3/11). Did not play.
  • Sent on loan to Colorado Springs Switchbacks on 4/29. That same day he scored for the Switchbacks in their 3-2 home loss to Seattle Sounders FC 2.
  • Made his Rapids debut in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup clash with Oklahoma City Energy FC (6/13). He also went the full 90 minutes of the Round of 16 loss at FC Dallas (6/27).
  • In the 18 for the 3-1 home win over Houston Dynamo (7/1), but an unused substitute.
  • Did not register any MLS minutes in his rookie season, but he made the 18 in five games, the last of which was the 1-1 home tie with FC Dallas (10/7).

COLLEGE

  • In his final season at Creighton, Perez earned 2016 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors after helping the Bluejays to a 13-7-3 overall record.
  • Registering four goals and five assists in all 23 contests, Perez was also selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team and the Top Drawer Soccer Postseason Top 100.
  • As a junior, Perez received 2015 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honors after finishing third on the team in goals (6), including a tally in the Bluejays’ NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal match at Akron.
  • Perez finished his collegiate career with 15 goals and nine assists in 88 games - the third-most matches played in program history.

YOUTH

  • The midfielder joined the Rapids Academy in 2008 at the U-14 level and played with the Rapids U-16 team in each of his first four seasons.
  • Perez then moved up to play with the U-18 squad in his final two seasons.
  • He was a part of the Rapids U-18’s which finished in sixth place at the 2012 US Soccer Development Academy Finals. That season he scored 10 goals.
  • Played on a US Club Soccer National Finalist squad in 2009 after winning a Regional Championship along the way.
  • Earlier in his career he participated in a pair of US U-14 team camps and played on a Colorado State Cup State Championship team.

PERSONAL

  • Son of Roberto Perez and Veronica Carrillo, he has one brother, Roberto.
  • Brother played professional soccer in Tamaulipas, Mexico, as a goalkeeper for Altamira FC.
  • Graduated in December, 2016 with a degree in business intelligence and analytics.