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Tab Ramos: U.S. Soccer values Hugo Perez
by Mike Woitalla, August 28th, 2014 3:27PM

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[U.S. SOCCER] Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer's Youth Technical Director, said that the Federation's decision to end Hugo Perez's tenure as U-15 boys national team coach was made because of structural changes in the U.S. youth national team program, the details of which U.S. Soccer will announce in the near future.

The restructuring happens to fall in the middle of the two-year cycle for most youth national teams but not for the 1999 birth-year boys Perez has been coaching.

“There were a number of issues to consider and none of them had to do with Hugo not being a good coach,” said Ramos, who is also U.S. U-20 men’s national team head coach and assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann. “Hugo is a great coach and he’s a very important Technical Advisor -- someone we are committed to at U.S. Soccer and someone we want with us."

“Hugo is a great evaluator of talent and one of the people I rely on the most advising us of the talent we have coming up, and he continues his job as being a full-time U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor.”

As Technical Advisor for the Northwest Division, Perez is charged with identifying young talent and evaluating Development Academy clubs.



7 comments
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: August 29, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
    Somebody say CYA??? Does anyone really think Tab made this call... Technical Director NORTHWEST??? Is this a Newly created Position, or did someone Else get "Bumped"??? I haven't been in the Great Northwest in awhile... Don't remember their being a Large Latino Population up there.humm!?!?!?.. Still doesn't add up to me... Maybe Hugo lives up there now???

  1. paul smith
    commented on: August 29, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.
    It's about time, can't really say he was scouting talent across the US when 95 percent of his call ups were Academy or California kids. Maybe call in someone who will actually search the country for the best talent cause this 99 age group has gotten weaker and weaker with every camp.

  1. Soccer Logic
    commented on: August 30, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.
    Paul, but isnt that true of whom ever is coach?? Only 80 Academies in the entire USA who's #1 source of income is Parent Pay to Play and this is who's judgement we trust with player reccommendations?? I think someone should make their own "NOnAcademy" National Team so they can just prove a point.

  1. Michael Gaines
    commented on: September 7, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
    I hear a lot of criticism on this and other sites of the Development Academies (DAs) as "pay to play" operations. What non-DA clubs are free? Prior to my two sons going to a DA we paid for everything for both of them at the 2 non-DA clubs they were part of. In fact after we left we saw both clubs raise their fees to the point that one of them is now more expensive than our local DA, but does not offer the same level of service.

  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: September 7, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.
    Santiago... Hugo has been the scout or technical advisor for this area for quite some time. Also there is a huge Latino population as shown by the majority of Hugo's picks for his national team and his TC's that are held in NorCal monthly. Soccer logic, it would be nice because if your kid cannot play USSDA... then the odds of them being called to a TC or National camp are slim to none. Ive seen just over the last year kids pressured into moving to the nearest DA in order to keep being invited to TC's. My own Son was invited to 5 TC's and never called back after not moving to a DA. Of course he could have not been good enough, but the fact of the matter is that when they invite kids to the TC's they have already been extensively evaluated. Club and Academies cost. Most MLS DA are subsidized by the club. There are scouts for every region. The 99 group does have a very talented group but that is mainly because of Norcal Premiers PDP program that was run very affectively by some of the best youth coaches in the country. They set up 9 regions in NorCal. trained them for three years u11 u12 u13 and narrowed that down to a state pool. Within that pool they had affiliation with Fiorentina, Nike ID2, and TC'S. This is why this are had such a talent pool. Kids that were learning the positions by numbers in a tactical and very technical environment. Kids were tested consistently and ommitted if showing LOA (lack of effort). They also say in there own mission statement that they look for kids who are technically and tactically gifted there for not just big, strong, and fast. And they backed that up with diminutive players and still do. Then after all this they told Norcal PDP kids they could not attend anymore of there trainings if they are in a DA. I for one am extremely dissapointed with US soccers youth development. Extremely narrow minded and becoming extremely exclusive in a huge country with with an expanding soccer pool and talent everywhere. They have to show that the DA's are working to get more to buy into it. They even bragged that 38 out of 42 kids at the first u14 BNT camp were from DA's. Kinda a dream killer for the kids who lives to far or cant affort to make a DA. There just isnt enough DA's reachable to kids to be so exclusive and US club has to do something about it. The only thing they can do is prohibit US club teams from wearing NIKE uniforms as a start. Until they gaurantee they will bring in at least 35 percent non DA affiliated kids. US club has to play hardball.

  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2014 at 9:12 p.m.
    @BJ...Hugo has actually been the US National Coach for at Least 3 years,NOT Technical Director for NORCAL area..If he was Holding TC's only for this area, then maybe that is why he was "Reassigned"...Is NORCAL, Considered part of the area covered by USSF NORTHWEST Technical Director??? I Don't know, I Doubt it... More like,Oregon,Wash.,Montana,Utah,Idaho and I don't know, (hohoho)Oh, and Don't Forget about the RADAR Stations IN ALASKA!!! **Banishment**, Plain and Simple...

  1. Soccer Logic
    commented on: September 9, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.
    Michael, 2 wrongs dont make a right. Actually, a bigger wrong doesnt justify anything. And paying might work for you but the problem is in General. Just think how many quality players this system excludes. Your statement only proves that USSDA is a more glorified "pay to play" system with better service in "your" case.


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