Reports: Tab Ramos to be named Houston Dynamo head coach

Tab Ramos, who coached the USA to the quarterfinals at the last three Under-20 World Cups, will be named the Houston Dynamo's new head coach.

Soccer America was told the announcement from the Dynamo would come in the next two business days.

Ramos, 53, has been a fixture on the U.S. national team scene as a player and coach for almost four decades. He was born in Uruguay and raised in New Jersey. He debuted for the USA at the age of 16 at the 1983 Under-20 World Cup.

He went on to represent the USA at the 1988 Olympics, the 1989 FIFA Five-a-Side Championships and three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998).

As a coach, Ramos led the USA to the finals of the last four U-20 World Cups and was an assistant under Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2014 World Cup.

He also served as Youth Technical Director in charge of the youth national team program since November 2013, serving first under Klinsmann, who was also technical director.

In September 2017, he received a contract extension as Youth Technical Director but by the next year his influence waned following Sunil Gulati's decision to not seek re-election as U.S. Soccer federation and changes in the federation's administration.

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His departure leaves just one full-time coach -- Raphael Wicky -- in the men's youth national team program that had full-time coaches at every age group U-14 to U-20 under Ramos two years ago.

Ramos was expected to be named interim national team coach after the USA failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and Bruce Arena resigned as head coach in October 2017, but that move never materialized.

MLS's first signing. In 1995, Ramos was the first player signed to play in MLS, where he spent seven seasons with the MetroStars. He also spent time in Spain (Figueres and Real Betis) and Mexico (Tigres).

Ramos will replace interim coach Davy Arnaud, who took over for head coach Wilmer Cabrera in August. The Dynamo finished with a 12-18-4 record in 2019. It started out with a 7-2-2 record but was 9-13-3 when Cabrera was fired.

Ramos will have his work cut out in Houston, which has failed to make the MLS playoffs the last two seasons and five out of the last six seasons.

The Dynamo has several exciting young forwards -- Honduran Alberth Elis and Colombian Mauro Manotas -- but they are expected to be sold at some point.

Houston has one of MLS's poorest-producing academy programs despite the size and diversity of its soccer community.

Declining attendance at BBVA Stadium is also a problem for the Dynamo, which opened its soccer-specific stadium in 2012.

8 comments about "Reports: Tab Ramos to be named Houston Dynamo head coach".
  1. Bob Ashpole, October 24, 2019 at 10:33 p.m.

    Good for Ramos, bad for the US national team.

  2. humble 1, October 25, 2019 at 10:57 a.m.

    This could be very good for Houston.  In spite of terrible ticketing and marketing efforts which have put Dynamo at the bottom of MLS attendance rankings, they are building an interesting foundation.  This year they signed Tom Byer on a three year contract coming every quarter the the mission to integrate and extend the positive influence of the club in the community with his Soccer Starts at Home concepts.  Last year they brought in Paul Holocher from San Jose to Direct their Academy program which has languished in the bottom of Academy rankings since its inception.  Now they may bring in Ramos.  I hope they loosten the purse strings just a little for his staff and for the roster as they have underinvested recently.

  3. R2 Dad, October 25, 2019 at 11:22 a.m.

    Well duh. How long was Tab supposed to wait around for the top job, after spending so many years with the U teams? This is verification USSF will stick with GB until 2022 regardless.

  4. Kevin Leahy, October 25, 2019 at 11:22 a.m.

    Hope he is very successful there! This federation couldn't flounder anymore if they tried.

  5. frank schoon, October 25, 2019 at 3:32 p.m.

    Although I like Ramos, I don't think he's the savior people making him to be. Our soccer has far deeper problems that goes way beyond what Ramos is suppose to or can fix.


  6. Bob Ashpole replied, October 25, 2019 at 5:31 p.m.

    I don't think people are seeing Ramos as the "savior" of US Soccer. I think it is more that at least he will see the problems and work to solve them. He is a step in the right direction.

    My thought is that Ramos is getting his "ticket punched" as a MLS head coach.

    We missed such a great opportunity when Tata was overlooked. Our loss, Mexico's gain.

  7. frank schoon, October 25, 2019 at 5:37 p.m.

    So true, about Tata

  8. humble 1, October 26, 2019 at 4:33 p.m.

    No one can really know Ramos' intentions.  Based on what needs to be done in Houston, this is not a ticket punching gig.  In all likelyhood, he's given up a lot over the years in salary staying in US Youth, probably because he enjoyed working with youth, and comes to Houston, because he is getting a chance to put his stamp on an organization that has failed to produce in a south texas market that should be producing more youth, and national team players, and will get paid a club level salary.  I have no inside informaiton but I don't see him going back into the murky waters of USSF for a long long time, especially if there is no regime change. 

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