US SoccerUS Soccer

Head Coach

Tab RamosTab Ramos
Ramos was named the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach in October of 2011 and was appointed as U.S. Soccer’s Youth Technical Director in November of 2013. Ramos oversees the long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States, working closely with U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the YNT coaches. Ramos also was an assistant coach for Klinsmann during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The former U.S. National Team midfielder and 2005 National Soccer Hall of Famer has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Technical Board since 2006, and after receiving his “A” coaching license in 2007, became the U.S. U-20 MNT assistant coach two years later. Ramos served as interim head coach in late 2011. Ramos led the U.S. U-20s to a second-place finish at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and a berth to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Assistant Coaches

Brian BlissBrian Bliss - Assistant Coach
Bliss joined U.S. U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos’ staff in January of 2012. He was named the Columbus Crew’s first-ever technical director in 2008, and in December of 2013 he became the Chicago Fire’s second technical director for head coach Frank Yallop. Bliss’s coaching career began in 1999 as head coach of the A-League’s Connecticut Wolves. He then served as an assistant coach for the Kansas City Wizards from 2000-06, serving as an interim head coach from July to December of 2006. During his tenure at Kansas City, the Wizards were Supporters’ Shield winners in 2000 and U.S. Open Cup champions in 2004. Bliss is a former defender who earned 33 caps and scored two goals with the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1984-1995 and was a member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup team. He also represented the U.S. at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

Russell PayneRussell Payne - Goalkeeper Coach
Payne is coming off his fourth season as the head coach of Army’s men’s soccer program, and his impact was felt on the defensive end at the very beginning. After becoming the team’s 11th head coach in 2010, his side posted a much improved 1.22 goals against average compared to the team’s 2.20 GAA in 2009. Before West Point, Payne was an assistant coach for five years at his alma mater Maryland, where he played a role in the team’s 2005 and 2008 national championships. Payne serves as a scout for the U.S. U-17 through U-23 National Team programs and has coaching ties to the Development Academy as head coach of Potomac’s U-17/18 team, D.C. United Academy’s goalkeeping coach and most Potomac’s director of goalkeeping.
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