Tab Ramos: “If you’d ask everyone here at the Red Bulls game if they’d be interested in the national team job they would say yes. And I’m just another fan so I’d say yes as well.”(Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
Tab Ramos would love to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Bruce Arena as U.S. national team coach.
The former U.S. international and current coach of the country’s Under-20 national team told Kristian Dyer of Metro New York Sunday that he is interested in coaching the national side.
Arena resigned Friday after the U.S. failed in its attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia Tuesday night, having been eliminated via a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago.
“If you’d ask everyone here at the Red Bulls game if they’d be interested in the national team job they would say yes,” Ramos told the newspaper in his first media comments since the elimination. “And I’m just another fan so I’d say yes as well.”
Well, Ramos isn’t just another fan.
Ramos’ name has been bandied about as a possible interim coach.
Needless to say, he was disappointed with the elimination and loss, but was optimistic that the U.S. will rebound.
“It’s hard to say because I was in India with the U-17 national team,” Ramos told Metro. “In the game, I didn’t think we had the same energy we normally have in a game. I thought the opportunity was a good one, we were playing basically Trinidad’s second team in an empty stadium. I think maybe we got a little overconfident.”
“It’s a sickening feeling knowing that we don’t matter for the next three or four years. It was very hard back in the 80’s to get people to recognize that we play soccer. Sometimes it feels like a slap in the place that we have to go dig ourselves out,” he said. “One thing I know about us is that we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves us back in 1989. We’ll do it again.”
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