Ramos Will Continue in Role of Head Coach of the U-20 Men’s National Team
CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2013) – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the appointment of three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tab Ramos as the Federation’s Youth Technical Director.
Ramos, who has served as head coach of the Under-20 Men’s National Team since 2011 and guided the U.S. to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, will continue in that role.
As Youth Technical Director, Ramos will oversee the long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States, working closely with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the Youth National Team coaches. Ramos is the second person to hold the position, following Claudio Reyna.
“Tab’s combined knowledge and experience with youth players and the National Team program made him an ideal candidate for this position,” said Gulati. “Along with an impressive playing career, Tab has built a notable reputation as a coach, starting at the youth club level and now with the Under-20 Men’s National Team. We’re extremely pleased to have him oversee our Youth National Team programs as we continue our goal of improving the development of our young players.”
As a former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and U-20 MNT head coach, Ramos brings a wealth of experience to the Youth Technical Director position. Ramos’s first coaching experience came with the New Jersey Soccer Academy (NJSA 04), a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club, which he founded in 2004. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Technical Board since 2006, and after receiving his “A” coaching license in 2007, became the U.S. U-20 MNT head coach in 2011.
After qualifying the United States for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, the team was drawn into the “Group of Death” along with Spain, France and Ghana. The United States earned a 1-1 draw against France, which went on to win the tournament while Ghana took third place.
“I’m excited and honored for the opportunity to guide the development of our youth players and coaches as we continue to strive to improve our National Team program,” said Ramos. “We’ve already seen a more connected program as the philosophies that Jurgen is implementing with the senior team are being shared across all the youth teams. I’m looking forward to continuing that process, and implementing other elements as well to help our players and coaches improve as much as possible.”
Ramos first earned international playing experience with the U-20 Men when he scored two goals for the U.S. in FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying (Watch Centennial video). He played for the U.S. in the 1983 U-20 World Cup and was also a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
“Tab is the ideal person to fulfill this very important role,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “He’s been with the Senior National Team on a regular basis in order to understand our holistic approach and be able to spread the messages through our Youth National Teams as well the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Bringing Tab on as Youth Technical Director is an important step to continue connecting the dots between all areas of player development, including coaching education, parent education, the college game and our grass roots.”
Ramos’ first appearance with the full team came on Jan. 10, 1988, against Guatemala, and Ramos went on to play in the 1990 World Cup, where his performance earned him the title of U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. By the time he retired from international duty in 2000, Ramos had played in three World Cups, earned 81 caps and scored eight goals, becoming the only U.S. player to score at least one World Cup qualifying goal in three different decades. He was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ramos was the first player signed to Major League Soccer in 1995. Before being allocated to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, MLS loaned him to UANL Tigres in Mexico, where his team was 1996 Mexico Cup champion. In his seven seasons with the MetroStars, Ramos tallied eight goals and 36 assists before retiring in 2002.