Tab Ramos will coach 2nd tier Hartford Athletic in USL

FILE - Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos gestures during the second half of an MLS soccer match against FC Cincinnati, July 3, 2021, in Houston.  Former US national team star Tab Ramos was hired on Monday, August 22, 2022 as the manager of Hartford Athletic in the United Soccer League's Second Division Championship.  (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

FILE – Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos gestures during the second half of an MLS soccer match against FC Cincinnati, July 3, 2021, in Houston. Former US national team star Tab Ramos was hired on Monday, August 22, 2022 as the manager of Hartford Athletic in the United Soccer League’s Second Division Championship. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

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Former United States national team star Tab Ramos was hired on Monday to coach Hartford Athletic in the United Soccer League’s Second Division Championship.

Ramos has accepted a multi-year deal and will start working on September 1. The 55-year-old coached Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer for 2020 and 21, led the United States to four consecutive Under-20 World Cups and was an assistant. to Jürgen Klinsmann with the full national team at the 2014 World Cup.

“Coach of the U20 team and assistant to Jürgen in the senior national team, I was able to coach the best of the best,” Ramos said in a phone interview. “Going to MLS, you don’t necessarily train the best of the best, you train good players. At this level, it may be a little different.

Hartford is 11th in the 14-team Eastern Conference with five wins, 15 losses and five draws. After the 34-game regular season, the top seven teams from each of the two conferences advance to the playoffs.

“It’s much better than me to come in December and start from scratch and look at next year,” Ramos said. “I will have this evaluation process over the next month and a half or so.”

Harry Watling had been Hartford manager since the start of the 2021 season, but stepped down on June 26. A month later, he became the free-kick coach of Queens Park Rangers in the English Second Division Championship.

Technical Director Ray Reid will remain as interim coach for the remainder of August.

“The main challenge is to work with the mental aspect that players are sort of used to being in a situation on the table and that mentality has to slowly change,” Ramos said. “You want players who will get used to winning and sometimes it’s difficult when things haven’t gone to plan for a while.”

Signed by Houston in October 2019, Ramos led Dynamo to four wins, 10 losses and nine draws in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Dynamo finished last in the Western Conference with six wins, 16 losses and 12 draws, and he was replaced by Paulo Nagamura.

“Having a little break was nice, but after three or four months I started to get nervous,” Ramos said. “I want to get back on the pitch.”

Ramos, from New Jersey, has scored eight goals in 81 international appearances and was a midfielder for the United States at the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups, the 1995 Copa America and the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He was inducted into the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

He coached the United States to the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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