November 12, 2013
Ramos named U.S. Soccer youth technical director
CHICAGO---Former NY/NJ MetroStars and U.S. international midfielder Tab Ramos, the current U.S. Under-20 men's national coach, has taken on further responsibities as the federation's youth technical director.
Ramos was appointed to that position by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, it was annunced on Tuesday. He guided the U.S. to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
As youth technical director, Ramos will oversee the long-term strategies for development of coaches and players at the youth level in the United States, working closely with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the Youth national team coaches. Ramos succeeds Claudio Reyna, who left that position to become director of football operations with the MLS expansion team NYC FC (which will begin competing in 2015).
"Tab's combined knowledge and experience with youth players and the National Team program made him an ideal candidate for this position," Gulati said in a statement. "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."
Ramos brings a wealth of experience to the technical director position. His 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 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 USA 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," Ramos said in a statement. "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. 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," Klinsmann said in a statement. "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 U.S. Soccer athlete of the year. He 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 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 recorded eight goals and 36 assists before retiring in 2002.