Former United States U-23 international Ramon Martin Del Campo has made 87 appearances over the past three seasons in the USL Championship as he arrives in Las Vegas. | Photo courtesy David Calvert / Reno 1868 FC
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Lights FC announced its first free agent signing of the offseason on Monday with the addition of center back Ramon Martin Del Campo to its roster, pending league and federation approval. The USL Championship veteran is coming off his best season in the professional ranks, where he was the defensive leader of a Fresno FC side that clinched its first postseason berth with a third-place finish in the Western Conference.
“Ramon Martin Del Campo is probably the best signing that we could have for the team at this point,'' said Lights FC manager Eric Wynalda. “We reflect on last year and what the team needs were, and he fits the bill perfectly. We’re extremely excited to have him join the team. He has great leadership skills and combined with his character and ability to lead from the back makes our backline one of the strongest in the league."
Del Campo made his Championship debut in 2017 after being signed by Ottawa Fury FC, where he made 24 appearances. He then made the move to the West to Fresno and racked up more than 5,500 minutes of playing time over 63 matches in his two years with the Foxes. All but two of his 87 appearances in the Championship have been as a starter, providing Lights FC another strong defensive piece to build around as the club prepares for the 2020 season.
“This is a big part of what we’re trying to build here, the culture of having a team that isn’t only going to compete but contends for championships,” said Wynalda. “When I look at Del Campo as a player, what he brings to the team, what I see is experience that we need in the back. He’s an incredibly experienced player that’s perfect for this phase of his career. He can take us to the next level. Del Campo can play and he proved that last season. He’s the full package.”
A native of Hermosillo, Mexico, Del Campo had a standout career with Bonita Vista High School (San Diego) before playing collegiately for U.C. Davis. In 2013 Del Campo was named an honorable mention for the All-Conference Big West team and earned a call-up by the United States Men's U23 National Team, seeing action in a 5-1 win against the Bahamas. He finished his collegiate career with the Aggies by being named to the All-Big West Conference Second Team in 2014.
Del Campo was also honored for a standout 2014 season in USL League Two where he played for the San Jose Earthquakes U-23, earning All-League honors in a Western Conference squad that also included current Championship standouts Kharlton Belmar and James Kiffe.