Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ramos wants to be considered for U-20 post

Former U.S. National Team standout midfielder Tab Ramos has thrown his hat into the ring for the U.S. Under-20 coaching job.

Michael Lewis of BigAppleSoccer.com reports on Ramos' interest in the job.

Ramos, who was named temporary coach of the team for two games in France this week in the wake of Thomas Rongen's contract not being renewed, said in a Friday interview that he wants to be considered a candidate to coach the team on a permanent basis.

The Americans will play their French counterparts in Vichy, France on Tuesday and Thursday.

Asked if he was interested in pursuing the job, Ramos replied, "At this point, I would have to say yes."

Ramos then explained his reasons why. Directing the team isn't only about coaching players; it has other challenges and responsibilities as well, he said.

"Certainly the U-20s have a different dynamic from the rest of the younger national teams," he said. "The U-20s, you're dealing a lot with international clubs. You're talking to people, your connections overseas. You're trying to find players, not only have developed here, but who have American passports who live overseas and players who can get American passports and live overseas.

"So there's a number of things I would have to get used to. It's not as simple as coming in and picking the best players in the academy league and there's your team. There's a lot of issues, a lot of challenges that I would welcome. Obviously I have some contacts overseas in Europe and in Mexico and a lot of other countries. Maybe it would be a good fit for me."

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