Tab Ramos begins fifth cycle with U.S. under-20 men's national team

Tab Ramos  will begin his fifth cycle as U.S. under-20 men's national team coach with two matches in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia.

Ramos, who has led the USA to the quarterfinals at the last three U-20 World Cups, has called in 22 players, including keeper David Ochoa and winger Konrad de la Fuente, who started for the USA at the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.

De la Fuente is one of nine players who are based at youth programs of European clubs. They include Californians Leonardo Sepulveda and Travian Sousa, who moved this summer to Spain and Germany, respectively. English-born Charlie Kelman has played 12 games for League One team Southend United.

Ochoa is one of five MLS Homegrown players who were called up. Colorado's Cole Bassett has already played 22 MLS games (with two goals) in two seasons.

Two other 2019 U-20s are eligible for the 2021 U-20 World Cup. Ulysses Llanez, who scored six goals in his first three games for Wolfsburg's U-19s, is out 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury. Julian Araujo, who played for U.S. U-23 coach Jason Kreis at the March U-23 camp, was not released by the LA Galaxy, which has an MLS match against Colorado on Sept. 11.

Two college freshmen were called up: Patrick Schulte (Saint Louis) and Kwabena Boateng (UC Irvine).

Datebook. The USA will face Croatia's U-20s Sept. 5 and United Arab Emirates' U-23s Sept. 9.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Patrick Schulte (Saint Louis University)
DEFENDERS (8): Kwabena Boateng (UC Irvine), Kevin Bonilla (FC Dallas academy), George Campbell (Atlanta United), Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union academy), Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher U19/GER), Stuart Ritchie (Hannover 96 U19/GER), Leonardo Sepulveda (Salamanca Juvenil A/ESP), Travian Sousa (Hamburg U19/GER)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Justin Haak (NYCFC), Marcelo Palomino (Unattached), Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool U-18/ENG), Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas), Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas academy), Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa U-23/ENG)
FORWARDS (5): Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona Juvenil A/ESP), Johan Gomez (Unattached), Cameron Harper (Celtic Reserves/SCO), Jalen Hawkins (Ingolstadt U19/GER), Charlie Kelman (Southend United/ENG)
6 comments about "Tab Ramos begins fifth cycle with U.S. under-20 men's national team".
  1. Nick Gabris, August 31, 2019 at 11:28 a.m.

    Tab should be MNT coach!

  2. Hal Barnes, August 31, 2019 at 10:20 p.m.

    I totally agree. He’s the ONLY one I trust. 

  3. R2 Dad, September 2, 2019 at 10:46 p.m.

    Tab is the obvious choice for the future USMNT coach, but what I'm more concerned about is How Do We Ensure Tab's Values Suffuse Throughout The Nats Silo? Otherwise once Tab is gone, his values, player selection and strategies go by the wayside and we end up back with Bruce/Bob/Gregg.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, September 3, 2019 at 12:52 a.m.

    Bruce and Bob coached a World Cup quarterfinals appearance and a Confederations Cup finals appearance between them. I would think that was coaching success in anyone's eyes.

  5. R2 Dad replied, September 3, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.

    Bob, you're writing about success, but I'm talking about values. Our playing values have been assumed by Iceland, a country with 1/1000th our population. We need to move up the food chain, stylistically. Excellence is not static. What Bob and Bruce did was great at that moment, but as a country we need to move on from there. Tab sees that, his youth teams play more like a top 10 country. Our young players are ready for it,  not a reversion to a mean based on the Pete Rose rules of athleticism.   

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, September 3, 2019 at 7:10 p.m.

    I generally agree with you, R2 Dad, but I am not as optimistic as you are about the state of player development in the US. Likewise I think we are far behind the leaders in Europe in respect to both coaches and players in technical and tactical areas. 

    Our player development is too focused on winning competitions. This not only retards player development, but coaching development as well. For players we need a greater emphasis on fundamentals (technical skills and general principles), and for coaches we need emphasis on fundamentals of coaching ("strength and conditioning" coaching should be called athletic development) and better sharing of expertise.

    Most coaches and players in the US still don't understand positional play and the Dutch Style principles of play even though it's been around for two generations. The problem with competition is coaching insight is a competitive advantage in what is seen as a zero sum game. So expertise is guarded. 

    I agree that we must move forward, but I see that as a truism. If something or someone doesn't progress, it regresses. So regardless of readiness, there is always a need to improve.

    If this were an individual sport, then I wouldn't be worried. Pockets of excellence can produce individuals. But soccer is a team sport which requires hundreds of elite players to fill a national team program. For success, we need to have excellent training and playing opportunities for tens of thousands of elite players. 

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