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Tab Ramos is not the new FC Dallas head coach

It was not to be.

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Tab Ramos spent a significant part of his youth in places local to the New York Red Bulls: Harrison and Kearny. Tab Ramos was part of the MetroStars squad from the team’s inaugural season in MLS in 1996 until his retirement in 2002. As a MetroStar, Tab Ramos played 131 games in all competitions, was three times named to the MLS All Star team, and is still joint third on the twice-named club’s all-time assists list.

Tab Ramos is a MetroStars legend. Once A Metro likes Tab Ramos.

He is also a US Men’s National Team legend: 81 caps for USMNT; played in three World Cups for the USA; US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year in 1990.

Since 2011, Tab Ramos has coached the US Men’s U-20 National Team. He has guided the team to four consecutive Men’s U-20 World Cups - including the 2019 edition it most recently qualified for - as well as the first and second CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championships in its history: the 2017 and 2018 editions.

It feels like Ramos might be ready to test his coaching acumen at a level other than the men’s U-20 national team. So Once A Metro was pleased to hear he was in the running for the recent head coaching vacancy at FC Dallas, less pleased to hear he’d dropped out of the running, and little more than resigned to the fact Tab Ramos wasn’t getting the job by the time FCD announced it was appointing Luchi Gonzalez as its new head coach.

Nothing against Luchi Gonzalez - all the best to him in Dallas. But Tab Ramos is not the new FC Dallas head coach.