CHICAGO (19 de septiembre, 2017) -- El ex jugador de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos Tab Ramos continuará como Director Deportivo de Selecciones Juveniles de U.S. Soccer y Director Técnico de la Selección Masculina Sub-20 de EE.UU. después de extender su contrato. Ramos fue nombrado Director Deportivo de Selecciones Juveniles en noviembre del 2013 y ha dirigido a la Selección Sub-20 desde octubre del 2011.
En su papel como Director Deportivo, Ramos está a cargo de la integración completa de la programación juvenil, la cual actualmente está estructurada con un camino de desarrollo desde el nivel Sub-14 hasta el Sub-20. Anteriormente en el 2017, Ramos guio a la Selección Masculina Sub-20 a su primer título del Campeonato CONCACAF y a los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA en la República de Corea.
“Estoy agradecido a U.S. Soccer por brindarme la oportunidad de seguir como Director Deportivo de Selecciones Juveniles y como Director Técnico de la Sub-20,” dijo Ramos. “Con la Sub-20 hemos conseguido resultados históricos en los últimos años y en mi función de Director Deportivo estoy ansioso de poder seguir integrando las selecciones y ayudar con nuestras iniciativas a nivel nacional. Estamos en posición de impactar el desarrollo de niños y asegurarnos un futuro mucho más prometedor.”
Las Selecciones Juveniles de U.S. Soccer han visto gran éxito y desarrollo bajo el mando de Ramos. Durante su tenencia, la lista de jugadores disponibles ha crecido con jugadores de alta calidad que están produciendo resultados al nivel internacional. EE.UU. fue el único país en alcanzar la final de los Campeonatos CONCACAF en los tres niveles: Sub-20, Sub-17 y Sub-15. La victoria de la Sub-20 sobre México fue la primera para el equipo en 31 años. En la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA, Ramos guio al equipo a los cuartos de final en torneos consecutivos (2015, 2017) por primera vez, y el equipo no perdió ni un sólo partido en tiempo reglamentario.
La Selección Sub-17 se encuentra en buena posición para triunfar en la próxima Copa Mundial Sub-17 de la FIFA este octubre después de terminar en segundo lugar del Campeonato CONCACAF Sub-17 en la primavera. En los últimos dos años, las Selecciones Sub-15, Sub-16, Sub-18 y Sub-19 también han ganado varios torneos.
“Tab ha sido una parte importante de nuestras Selecciones durante muchos años, primero como jugador y más recientemente cómo director técnico y director deportivo de las selecciones juveniles,” dijo el presidente de U.S. Soccer, Sunil Gulati. “Su experiencia le permite ver el panorama de U.S. Soccer de una manera única. Estamos contentos por extender su contrato en una posición que es crucial para nuestra organización, y para el fútbol en Estados Unidos en lo que las próximas generaciones de jugadores continúan a evolucionar.”
Presentado al Salón Nacional de la Fama como jugador en el 2005, Ramos fue miembro de la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. durante 13 años, desde 1988 hasta el 2000. Representó a EE.UU. nueve Copas Mundiales, más que cualquier otro jugador en la historia estadounidense - como jugador en la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 1983, Copa Mundial de Futsal de la FIFA 1989, Copa Mundial de la FIFA 1990, 1994 y 1998 y como técnico en la Copa Mundial Sub-20 de la FIFA 2013, 2015 y 2017 y la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014. Ramos fue titular en todos los partidos de la U.S. MNT en los torneos de 1990 y 1994.
En 1990, fue nombrado Jugador del Año de U.S. Soccer después de ayudar a EE.UU. llegar a su primera Copa Mundial de la FIFA en 40 años. Ramos es el único jugador en la historia estadounidense en anotar en la eliminatoria mundialista en tres décadas diferentes, y anotó uno de los goles más famosos de la historia estadounidense en una victoria de 1-0 en la eliminatoria mundialista en 1997 contra Costa Rica.
Ramos fue el primer jugador en firmar con la Major League Soccer en 1995 y en los últimos siete años de su carrera se dedicó a lanzar la liga como jugador estrella de los New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
Después de su retiro, Ramos fundó el club NJSA 04 en Aberdeen, N.J. El club, ahora nombrado Cedar Stars Academy, actualmente forma parte de la Academia de Desarrollo. También recibió su licencia "Pro" de U.S. Soccer en el 2016.Read more
CHICAGO (Sept. 19, 2017) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team player Tab Ramos will continue as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach after agreeing to an extension. Ramos has served as Youth Technical Director since Nov. 2013 and head coach of the U-20 MNT since Oct. 2011.
In his role, Ramos oversees the full integration of the Youth National Team program, now structured to provide a full developmental pathway from the U-14 level up through the U-20 level. Earlier this year, Ramos led the U-20 Men’s National Team to its first CONCACAF U-20 Championship title and a quarterfinal run at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
“I am very excited to continue my work at U.S. Soccer as Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach,” Ramos said. “I am pleased with the historic results we have achieved on the field over the last few years as we continue pushing to set higher standards. We have provided great experiences to players who are now beginning to make room for themselves on the Senior National Team. My Youth Technical Director role gives me the opportunity to continue the integration of all our Youth National Teams as well as helping with the implementation of our Player Development Initiatives nationwide which will help our youth players develop at a much faster rate for years to come”.
The U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program has seen remarkable success and progress with Ramos at the helm. During his tenure, YNT player pools have deepened with quality players that are producing results at the international level. The U.S. was the only country to reach the final in all three age groups during this year’s CONCACAF Championships: U-20, U-17 and U-15. The U-20’s victory against Mexico was the team’s first in 31 years. At the U-20 World Cup, Ramos led the squad to back-to-back quarterfinals (2015, 2017) for the first time in program history and the team did not lose a match in regulation.
The U-17s are also primed for a strong performance at next month’s FIFA U-17 World Cup after a runner-up finish at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Over the last two years, the U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-19 National Teams have also taken home multiple tournament titles.
“Tab has been an important part of our National Team program for many years, first as a player and more recently as a coach and Youth Technical Director,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “His experience allows him to see the U.S. Soccer landscape in a way that few others can. We are excited to extend his contract in a role that is crucial to our organization, and to soccer in the U.S., as the next generations of players continue to evolve.”
Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a player in 2005, Ramos spent thirteen years as a member of the Men’s National Team from 1988 to 2000. Ramos has represented the U.S. in nine World Cups, more than anyone in U.S. Soccer history: as a player in the 1983 U-20 World Cup, 1989 FIFA Futsal World Cup, 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and as a coach in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 U-20 World Cups and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ramos started every game for the U.S. in the 1990 and 1994 tournaments.
In 1990, he was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year after helping the USA reach its first World Cup in 40 years. Ramos is the only player in U.S. Soccer history to score in World Cup qualifying in three different decades and he scored one of the most famous goals in U.S. Soccer history, a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win against Costa Rica in Portland, Ore. In 1997.
Ramos was the first player to sign with Major League Soccer in 1995 and spent the last seven years of his playing career helping launch the league as a standout for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
After his retirement, Ramos founded current Development Academy member club NJSA 04 in Aberdeen, N.J. He received his U.S. Soccer “Pro” coaching license in 2016.Read more
All eyes were on Bradley Wright-Phillips. Time was running out. A small band of New York Red Bull fans that travelled for the Open Cup Semifinal looked to him in hope. The rest, nearly 30,000-strong watched him in fear, biting their fingernails in worry over what he might do. FC Cincinnati, the underdogs, were ahead. He was the one man on the field most likely to turn Cinderella’s dream to dust. And that’s just what he did. We don’t call them strikers for nothing; they’re the ones who can lay you out for the count with a blow you never even saw coming. Mention the name, or just his initials – BWP – to a soccer fan down in southern Ohio and watch his head shake and his heart break.
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“I’ve always been a striker. I’m not a deep thinker about the position, but I do know it’s different,” said Wright-Phillips, looking back on his two headers that cut off the oxygen to FC Cincinnati’s soccer wildfire, and sent the Red Bulls to only their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. “You have to be a lot more patient up there. You’re not going to see the ball as much as you’d like. But you have to stay sharp,” he rattled it all off, like a machine gun, what makes a striker a striker. “You always have to be ready. Concentration is the key, especially when you’re on your own up there.”
(Wright-Phillips during his time with Southampton in his native England)
No. 99 – NYRB’s Lone-Ranger
Wright-Phillips is the quintessential lone-ranger. He likes it just fine all alone in hostile territory, where all the attention’s on him. The defenders want him to know they’re there. They leave a boot in, just to remind him of their presence. And their intent. Every sniff he gets of the ball could mean doom for their team. The defenders know it better than anyone. Someone else’s shot from 20 yards might sneak in, but BWP, alone in the six-yard box, will put it in. He’s a threat, a constant danger. The tip of the spear. Out there all alone in the wilderness, where there’s nothing to rely on but your wits and your guts.
“When you’re in midfield, you can go hunt the ball and get some touches,” he said, a few days from the Open Cup Final, away in Kansas City against three-time winners Sporting. “But up front, you’ve always got your back to goal. You’re always under pressure. And when I get a chance at the ball, I like to try to make up for all of it, for getting bullied and kicked for 80 minutes by those big defenders. It’s a whole different game up there.”
He grew up in England. Expectations were high. They were higher for him than most, being the son of England and Arsenal scoring legend Ian Wright. The eyes were on him in expectation. Journalists had their pens at the ready to announce him as successor to his famous dad and line him up against his older brother, England international and one-time Man City winger Shaun. Or they were ready to bury him as an imposter – an unworthy heir.
(Wright-Phillips in action early with Manchester City of the English Premier League)
“I didn’t always put my football first back then,” said Wright-Phillips, who made a handful of appearances early on with Manchester City but spent most of his time in the lower tiers of the English game. There were some scrapes with the law and moments, as a young man, he might wish he could take back. “I did the things I had to do, but I still had a lot of growing up to do. I wasn’t really focused and life always seemed to get in front of my football.”
The pressure was heavy in England, but it never came from his dad. The man who scored 128 goals for Arsenal, and helped them win a league and FA Cup title, had the best kind advice for his son who chose to live a life like he did: behind the lines, all alone and on the hunt for goals. “His advice took the pressure off,” said Wright-Phillips. “As a young striker you’re desperate to score with every shot. It’s how you measure yourself and it can weigh on you when it’s not going right. But he told me, all the time, ‘don’t worry about scoring. Don’t worry about hitting the net, just hit the target.’ And it works. When I don’t think about the ball hitting the back of the net, and just focus on hitting the target, it tends to go in.”
New Start in Metro New York
BWP bounced around the English game, never finding a real home. It was all expectation. Sometimes, a player just needs a change. “I felt right at home when I got to New York,” he said of his arrival, in the middle of 2013, at the age of 27 (he’s 32 now). “It was a chance to start over, to grow up, in a new place. I started fresh. I knew I wanted to be consistent and not just score goals here and there. I set markers for myself. I challenged myself to work harder and get that little bit fitter. It was about me getting my mind right and I didn’t have to worry so much about good reviews or bad reviews.”
(Red Bulls' boss Jesse Marsch has called Wright-Phillips the club's best-ever player)
In 134 games as a Red Bull so far, BWP has scored 84 goals. That’s a lot. The kind of percentage that terrifies defenders and opposing fans but delights the supporters who line up at Red Bull Arena to chant his name. When he scored the winner in extra-time in Cincinnati, he ran and launched himself into the visiting supporters section. He was suspended off the ground and squeezed in a mass embrace. “I told myself I would do that if I scored a big goal; those fans have been amazing to me even when things haven’t been perfect.”
He knows the romance of a Cup run from his old FA Cup days in England, and he was as impressed with FC Cincinnati as the rest of us. After the final whistle, he went to each member of the second-division side to offer his condolences and congratulations. “I don’t remember exactly what I said to their coach [Alan Koch], but it was something like ‘you deserved more…you should be very, very proud.’ And I meant it.”
For a man who makes his living breaking hearts, he’s not hard-hearted. He’s only mean on the field. “We talked about how much their crowd would be a factor in the build-up to that game,” he said, the phone line breaking up as he shook his head remembering the night. “But talking about it’s one thing and I couldn’t believe just how loud they were when we got on the pitch. It was seriously intense.”Read more
SAN LUIS, Argentina (Sept. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team fell 2-1 to England in a hard-fought quarterfinal match at the 2017 IFCPF CP Football World Championships. Tournament organizers called the “amazing” contest one of the best matches in Paralympic soccer history. With the loss, the USA heads to the placement bracket to compete for fifth place on Wednesday against either Brazil or Iran.
Adam Ballou scored for the U.S., while goalkeeper Sean Boyle and defender David Garza put on another stellar defensive performance.
After an exceptional match against Ukraine, Boyle once again put on a show in the quarterfinals, making several excellent stops on the dangerous English attack. Garza also delivered a stand-out performance to keep the English scoreless in a half for the first time in the tournament. The partnership was on full display in the 17th minute when a beautiful pass from Oliver Nugent to David Porcher gave England one of its best chances of the day, but Boyle charged the ball as Garza made a nice tackle to quash the opportunity.
A long clear from Garza near the end of the first half found Seth Jahn near the right sideline. After an English defender poked the ball out, he tossed a long throw-in to Andrew Bremer near the top right corner of the goal box. Bremer fought off a defender to one-time a cross to Ballou in front of the net and the veteran forward knocked it inside the near post to give the USA a 1-0 lead it would carry into the second half.
In the 36th minute, the English attack finally broke through. Bremer made a stop on an initial shot from Michael Barker and Boyle halted a secondary attempt, but a confusing flurry of rebounds and diving bodies at the goal line saw George Fletcher touch it in for England. The English took the lead in the 45th minute, when second half substitute Jack Rutter dribbled upfield and launched a shot from the top of the box past an outstretched Boyle that provided the final 2-1 margin.
The USA had a few excellent late opportunities to equalize, but the red, white and blue were unable to convert. In the 29th minute, Mayhugh stole the ball on the right sideline and crossed to Jahn streaking towards the net, but English goalkeeper Giles Moore got a piece of it and knocked it over the net. In the 31st, Kevin Hensley launched a long cross from the sideline to Jahn, stationed near the left post. Jahn hit an on-target one-timed header, but Moore once again halted the attempt and the USA’s march toward the semifinals.
U.S. Paralympic National Team Match Report
Match: United States PNT v. England PNT
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Competition: 2017 IFCPF CP Football World Championships
Venue: Estadio Juan Gilberto Funes
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ART (11:30 a.m. ET)
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
ENG 0 2 2
USA – Adam Ballou (Andrew Bremer) 24th minute
ENG – George Fletcher 36
ENG – Jack Rutter 45
USA: 1-Sean Boyle, 8-Andrew Bremer, 14-David Garza, 10-Kevin Hensley (Capt.), 7-Adam Ballou (2-Cameron DeLillo, 46), 11-Nick Mayhugh, 9-Seth Jahn
Subs Not Used: 3-Greg Brigman, 4-Tyler Bennett, 5-Bryce Boarman, 6-Ben Lindau, 12-Marc Estrella, 13-Mason Abbiate
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
ENG: 1-Giles Moore, 5-Emyle Rudder (2-Liam Irons, 31), 6-Matt Crossen, 7-Michael Barker (Capt.), 9-David Porcher (4-James Blackwell, 58), 10-George Fletcher, 11-Oliver Nugent (8-Jack Rutter, 31)
Subs Not Used: 3-Harry Baker, 12-Dale Smith, 13-Ryan Kay, 14-Lewis Tribe
Head Coach: Andy Smith
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots on Goal: 5/16
Corner Kicks: 6/11
USA – Adam Ballou (Caution) 2nd minute
USA – Nick Mayhugh (Caution) 39
USA – Seth Jahn (Caution) 59
Referee – Hector Bondia
Assistant Referee 1 – Unknown
Assistant Referee 2 – Unknown