With just under two months until the United State under-20 men’s national team attempts to qualify for their age group’s 2017 World Cup, there is now a question of who will lead them.
According to ESPNFC, current U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos is a finalist for the open San Jose Earthquakes GM position.
The list of finalists is said to include five names with the former USMNT midfielder being one of them alongside these other candidates:
Ramos is the fourth candidate to emerge from a list of five finalists. The others are former Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton, current Mexico Football Federation director of youth national teams Dennis te Kloese, and current San Jose technical director Chris Leitch.
Ramos’ name has come up several times throughout the last few months with U.S. Soccer’s coaching landscape shifting. Before Jurgen Klinsmann was fired, he was considered one of the favorites to take over the job if a change was made. After Bruce Arena got the job, Sunil Gulati stated that Ramos would handle the federation’s Technical Director duties until a permanent solution was found.
As U-20 head coach, he guided the 2015 team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
A decision on the GM job is expected to be made at the beginning of 2017. If Ramos is the choice, U.S. Soccer would need to act fast to find a replacement before the U-20 CONCACAF Championships begin on February 17 in Costa Rica.