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Cross Tab Ramos off the list of MLS coaching candidates

Nov 12, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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We wondered recently whether there would be a race to get Tab Ramos signed to one of the MLS coaching vacancies? It seemed like a reasonable stance, considering how highly the former U.S. national team midfielder is regarded across a cross-section of soccer circles, and considering this MLS off-season of managerial flux like few others.

But the news dropped today that Ramos has accepted a post as U.S. Soccer’s Youth Technical Director.

So the news is that Ramos will be working closely with U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann in overseeing “long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States,” according to this evening’s U.S. Soccer release.

He replaces another former U.S. international, Claudio Reyna, who was recently named New York City FC’s director of football.

But the news behind the news, as it concerns Major League Soccer teams, is that Ramos is apparently off the market for FC Dallas, Vancouver and potentially Seattle, if the Sounders make a big managerial move. (And perhaps Chivas USA, too, or any other club that jettison’s its current coach.)

  1. danielofthedale - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I think Tab wants to be US National Team coach. I think he sees this as the best chance to get the big job is working with Jurgen on youth development systems and working with the next generation of talent so when he gets the job and its time to bring in fresh blood he knows what is getting already.

    • bear06 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:49 AM

      I don’t think he’s going to be the national team coach anytime soon. Maybe after the 2018 WC.

      • joeyt360 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        It’s possible to have a long term plan.

  2. hildezero - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    No, not Chivas. They’re keeping their coach for another season. He wants to stay and improve the club next season.

    • konmtu - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Is Chivas getting a new owner? That’s the only thing that’ll help that club. Vergara is a psycho who’s ruining one of Mexico’s storied club in CD Chivas and not allowing Chivas USA a good chance at success.

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