CHICAGO – Former U.S. international standout Tab Ramos will continue as U.S. Soccer youth technical director and Under-20 men’s national team head coach after agreeing to an extension, it was announced Tuesday.
Ramos has served as youth technical cirector since November 2013 and head coach of the U-20 MNT since October 2011.
In his role, Ramos oversees the full integration of the Youth National Team program, now structured to provide a full developmental pathway from the U-14 level up through the U-20 level. Earlier this year, Ramos led the U-20 Men’s National Team to its first CONCACAF U-20 Championship title and a quarterfinal run at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
“I am very excited to continue my work at U.S. Soccer as youth technical director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach,” Ramos said in a statement. “I am pleased with the historic results we have achieved on the field over the last few years as we continue pushing to set higher standards. We have provided great experiences to players who are now beginning to make room for themselves on the senior national team. My youth technical director role gives me the opportunity to continue the integration of all our Youth National Teams as well as helping with the implementation of our player development initiatives nationwide which will help our youth players develop at a much faster rate for years to come.”
The U.S. Soccer youth national team program has seen remarkable success and progress with Ramos at the helm. During his tenure, YNT player pools have deepened with quality players that are producing results at the international level. The U.S. was the only country to reach the final in all three age groups during this year’s CONCACAF Championships: U-20, U-17 and U-15. The U-20’s victory against Mexico was the team’s first in 31 years. At the U-20 World Cup, Ramos led the squad to back-to-back quarterfinals (2015, 2017) for the first time in program history and the team did not lose a match in regulation.
“Tab has been an important part of our National Team program for many years, first as a player and more recently as a coach and Youth Technical Director,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a press release. “His experience allows him to see the U.S. Soccer landscape in a way that few others can. We are excited to extend his contract in a role that is crucial to our organization, and to soccer in the U.S., as the next generations of players continue to evolve.”
Ramos was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a player in 2005.