HOUSTON — Tab Ramos said he is seeking an “aggressive, winning demeanor” from a team that has a “good base to start” in his introductory press conference as Houston Dynamo coach at BBVA Stadium.
Rather than dwell on the negative of a season that fell well short of preseason expectations, Ramos focused on the positives he sees in Los Naranja.
“What I liked the most is the group’s technique,” Ramos said. “It is a very technical team and a group of players who like to have the ball and play forward. They are more daring than many teams in the league, and for me, that’s a good start. There is a good base to start.”
Ramos explained it was too soon to tell how the team will look in 2020 in terms of the roster, but is confident in the way the Dynamo will play.
“I’m very clear of the ideas I have moving forward in terms of the way we want to play and the style we want to have,” said Ramos. “We want that aggressive, winning demeanor. Everything that we do from the moment we step on the field is about winning”.
Although Ramos doesn’t have previous professional coaching experience, he is renowned for his ability to develop young players after serving as the head coach of the United States Under-20 National Team since 2011 as well as being the U.S. Soccer youth technical director since 2013.
Under his watch, the US reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and appeared in three consecutive quarterfinals.
The Uruguay native cited a lack of diversity in the Dynamo’s development academy and mentioned how important it was to tie into Houston’s diverse population.
“Houston has a lot of potential. It is bigger than Uruguay. Uruguay is world champion, a couple of times – one of the things we have to do better as an organization is getting out there to the Latino community and brining those players and making them comfortable,” Ramos said. “It’s the same with the African American community if you look at the makeup of our youth national teams or who our best players are and you take a picture of the team – you really see what America is about.”