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Houston Dynamo hires U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos

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The Houston Dynamo has found its new coach in longtime U.S. U-20 boss and MLS veteran Tab Ramos.

Ramos, 53, takes over a Dynamo team which missed the playoffs due largely to its moribund 2-15 record away from home.

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He led the U-20s to the 2013 World Cup, the only time his men failed to advance past the group stage. The U.S. U-20s went to the quarterfinals in 2015, 2017, and 2019, and Ramos helped develop talents like Tyler Adams, Zack Steffen, Josh Sargent, and Sergino Dest.

From HoustonDynamo.com:

“I’m excited to join the Houston Dynamo organization and I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading this group of players,” Ramos said. “This is a club that has winning in its DNA, a club with a clear vision for the future centered around development and a team-first mentality, and Houston is a city that has tremendous untapped potential as a soccer market, both on and off the field. This is a fantastic opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Uruguay-born midfielder earned 81 caps for the USMNT on the heels of a career at North Carolina State where he was three-time All-American. He’d play club soccer in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, including a promotion run with Real Betis. He was the 1994 CONCACAF Player of the Year.

DaMarcus Beasley has some fixes for American soccer

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NEW YORK (AP) DaMarcus Beasley wants to stick around soccer when he retires at the end of the MLS season.

He just wants to move upstairs.

Beasley has no interest in coaching, but he wants to try the management side of the sport he has played for decades. And the captain of the Houston Dynamo thinks he has something to offer, too.

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“I would love to learn the business side of football,” Beasley told The Associated Press. “What it takes to put a team together day-in, day-out. That part of it intrigues me a lot.”

The 37-year-old Beasley is heading into the final stretch of a decorated playing career. The Dynamo (9-13-3) have dropped four in a row heading into Saturday night’s game against Colorado, and they are going to need a strong finish to extend Beasley’s 20-year career into the playoffs.

Beasley is the only American to play in four World Cups or appear in a Champions League semifinal. The former PSV and Manchester City left back played his last international match during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which concluded with the U.S. missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Beasley thinks structural changes are needed to get the U.S. back into soccer’s premier event, but concedes much of the minutia eludes him.

“Do I want change? Yeah. Do I know the ins and outs about how to go about it? Not really,” Beasley said. “Once I think I get into that role, or whatever role I’ll be in on the business side of football, then I’ll know this needs to change, that needs to change. This is the way this could work.”

Beasley, a Fort Wayne, Indiana native, believes ego is getting in the way of that institutional change.

“All the soccerheads, we all want the same thing. I think one thing we all need to stop doing, 100%, is that everyone thinks they know everything. No one wants to listen. A lot of coaches just say that my way is the right way. Very stuck-up, very ego-driven,” Beasley said. “That part I don’t like. I have my own schools, my soccer camps, and if I try to go to another city, they’ll say `Oh no, I know what I’m doing. We don’t need anything.’ It’s like, I’m not trying to take over anything. That part needs to change, 100%. The egos with the people that have power to make decisions. They need to change and open their minds and try to one day, hopefully win the World Cup. That’s what the whole thing is about.”

America’s youth soccer system has been cited by critics as part of the problem. The United States’ pay-to-play programs can make it more difficult for some households to participate.

“More of the rich kids get a chance than the little guy that just works just as hard and is probably even better but doesn’t have the ends to make ends meet and to make those sacrifices for their kids,” Beasley said.

Another oft-cited inadequacy is a reliance on athleticism as opposed to developing individual skill and team harmony. Beasley stressed that American soccer’s policymakers need to be open to diversifying its on-field philosophies.

“To have one style it’s – we’re not Brazil,” he said. “We can’t keep saying, `Oh, we want to be like Brazil. We want to be like Argentina.”‘

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Dynamo fire head coach Wilmer Cabrera after 2.5 seasons

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Dynamo have fired coach Wilmer Cabrera after two and a half seasons.

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Assistant coach Davy Arnaud on Tuesday was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.

The Dynamo are 9-13-3, good for ninth place in the Western Conference.

Houston opened the season 7-2-2, the best start in team history. In their last 14 MLS games, the Dynamo are 2-11-1. In all matches, they are 3-12-2 since their fast start.

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In a statement, Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan thanked Cabrera for his hard work and dedication and said the team would benefit from a “fresh perspective” as it makes a push to qualify for the playoffs.

Cabrera was the third head coach in club history and had a 32-39-22 record in the MLS regular season since taking over before the 2017 season. He led the Dynamo to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship last year.

Elliott’s header enough to edge Union past Dynamo (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less): The Philadelphia Union are now unbeaten at home in their last five games and top the Eastern Conference table once again. It couldn’t have been done with Jack Elliott, however, who delivered a late header to seal the tree point for the Union. On the other hand, the Houston Dynamo have lost four straight (five, if you count the Leagues Cup), despite brining on proven goal-scorer Cristian Ramirez from LAFC before the transfer deadline. Wilmer Cabrera must find solutions fast before Houston’s season slips away.

Three moments that mattered

18′ — Przybylko, Union draw first blood —

He might not be talked about all that much, but Kacper Przybylko is, quietly, having a stellar season, scoring 10 times and assisting once in 18 games played this season.

As expected, he happens to have great chemistry with his teammates, too.

42′ — Ramirez scores in his Dynamo debut —

Sure, the Dynamo walked away empty handed Sunday night, but Christian Ramirez had a near-perfect debut, scoring from a DaMarcus Beasley assist.

Beasley is set to retire at the end of the season after a successful, 20-year career. But Houston still have plenty of games to play, and it’s not going to hurt to see these two linkup some more.

78′ — Elliott saves the Union from dropping two, valuable points —

With a chance to surpass Atlanta United as first in the East, it was Elliott to the rescue. The 23-year-old relied on some determination and luck, but he got the ball in the back of the net.

If the goal makes you the best in your conference, does it really matter? Nope, a goal is a goal.

MLS Deadline Day sees Saints winger move to RBNY

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We’ve had loads of moves on Deadline Day in Major League Soccer involving teams like Southampton, Barcelona, and Stoke City amongst others.

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The Red Bulls have added Southampton’s Josh Sims on a short-term loan deal as a Young Designated Player.

It’s a little surprising we don’t see more of this from the Premier League to Major League Soccer, and Sims will hang out at Red Bull Arena before returning to Saints by New Year’s Day.

Sims, 22, plays right and left wing, and chipped in three assists in a half-season loan to Reading last season. He also played 208 Premier League minutes, picking up an assist, and has 27 first team appearances for Saints.

Montreal is turning to a familiar face in taking 20-year-old academy product Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla on loan from Barcelona.

The twice-capped Canadian international has three goals and two assists for Montreal before moving to the Camp Nou, where he’s been a fixture for Barcelona B, where Ballou has posted three goals and two assists as well.

Ballou may pair with Bojan, as the ex-Barcelona and Stoke City striker has also moved to Montreal.

The Houston Dynamo have acquired a seldom-used player with a good league track record in the form of Christian Ramirez.

It’s all about the GAM and TAM going back to LAFC, who have Adama Diomande and plenty of depth in attack. Then again, Houston’s got some spice, too.

DC United has added three players, the most prominent being former Galaxy and Crew striker Ola Kamara.

The Norwegian will buttress Wayne Rooney‘s game before taking the starring wheel from him after the season (Mesut Ozil has also been linked with a move to DC).

DC also acquired Felipe Martins from Vancouver and Emmanuel Boateng from the Galaxy.