BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, October 20, 2011
US Soccer today announced that Tab Ramos has been hired to be the new US U-20 national team coach and Caleb Porter will coach the 2012 US Olympic team.
For the U-20 team, Tab Ramos will take over for Thomas Rongen who has coached the team during the 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2011 cycles. The 2011 team finished their cycle in disappointing fashion when they failed to qualify for this summer's U20 World Cup.
Ramos, a former US national team captain, has never been the fulltime head coach of a US youth team however he coached the U20 team for a pair of friendlies against France in May.
Caleb Porter has been recognized as one of the best young American coaches in the game. He is the current head coach of Akron who won the 2010 NCAA championship.
At Akron, Porter has developed many top American players such as Teal Bunbury, Steve Zakuani, Perry Kitchen, Zarek Valentin, and Darlington Nabe.
Porter will remain as Akron's head coach in addition to being the Olympic coach.
US Soccer also announced that from November 7-16 there will be a combined US U20 and U23 camp in Germany and it will be lead by Ramos and Claudio Renya.