Cross Tab Ramos off the list of MLS coaching candidates


We wondered recently whether there would be a race to get Tab Ramos signed to one of the MLS coaching vacancies? It seemed like a reasonable stance, considering how highly the former U.S. national team midfielder is regarded across a cross-section of soccer circles, and considering this MLS off-season of managerial flux like few others.

But the news dropped today that Ramos has accepted a post as U.S. Soccer’s Youth Technical Director.

So the news is that Ramos will be working closely with U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann in overseeing “long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States,” according to this evening’s U.S. Soccer release.

He replaces another former U.S. international, Claudio Reyna, who was recently named New York City FC’s director of football.

But the news behind the news, as it concerns Major League Soccer teams, is that Ramos is apparently off the market for FC Dallas, Vancouver and potentially Seattle, if the Sounders make a big managerial move. (And perhaps Chivas USA, too, or any other club that jettison’s its current coach.)