US SOCCER HIRES PORTER AND RAMOS
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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.
Eric
Monday October 24, 2011 10:42 am
" I get what you are saying...however, lets be honest. There isn't much developing going on in College...Or even High school Football. Most of these kids are developed at the Elite Club level by ex professionals who charge the parents of these kids up to 5k per 9-10 months just to be developed properly."

— Nate

Nate,
I get what you are saying, but Caleb would spend more time (20 hrs per week) in one year than a players club coach would spend in 6 years of training. You spend that amount of time with a player, you help develop them to a greater level. Both the club and collegiate coach help develop these kids at their respective levels. Talk to Caleb's players, they will tell you he is a great coach.
Eric
Sunday October 23, 2011 9:00 pm
Caleb Porter is the real deal as a coach. Not just at the college level either. The guy personifies excellent, gets the most out of his players, is a workaholic, and knows soccer. There is a reason the MLS was throwing huge cash at him when Akron basically matched it. The guy is totally big time, plays the right style, adjusts when needed, and is extremely prepared. My friends and I joked a year back that caleb will be the next mens national team coach after whoever gets hired when Bradley gets fired (before Klins was hired). I'm telling you I know the guy, seen his work, know many of his players, he will be great when he eventually is our National Team Coach.
Juan from L.A.
Saturday October 22, 2011 3:35 pm
I'm excited about Ramos. The guy was a good leader in the field and seems to be close to Klinsi. I'm not sold on Porter. NCAA has no weigh in international football. None whatsoever and its like sending a junior pee wee coach of american footbal of 13 year olds to coach an NCAA Division 1 team!! Sorry to be that blunt but Im just saying it as it is and his recent comments that well 'if Klinsi doesnt give me players I'll be ok'...c'mon now we already starting late this process (Mexico AGAIN is super talented in this pool and steps ahead of us) and Honduras and Costa Rica already started their respective process. This is the hardest qualification of all in the region and I just don't have high hopes. It has started wrong with what I think not the right coach and we'll be watching the Olympics from the TV.
ozotkd2001
Friday October 21, 2011 5:52 pm
Don't know much about Porter but hope both him and Ramos to a good job for the USA. CMON USA!!!!!!!!
Nate
Friday October 21, 2011 4:57 pm
"At Akron, Porter has developed many top American players such as Teal Bunbury, Steve Zakuani, Perry Kitchen, Zarek Valentin, and Darlington Nabe"

I get what you are saying...however, lets be honest. There isn't much developing going on in College...Or even High school Football. Most of these kids are developed at the Elite Club level by ex professionals who charge the parents of these kids up to 5k per 9-10 months just to be developed properly.
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