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.
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.