Tab Ramos has been added to the shortlist of general manager candidates as the San Jose Earthquakes continue to seek to fill the vacancy, this according to a report from ESPN FC Friday.
The fourth candidate to surface since the search began, Ramos’ name gets added to a current list of five finalists, according to the report.
Other candidates being considered for the role 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, who has been handling the general managing duties in the interim after the sacking of John Doyle last August.
Jeff Carlisle writes in his report that Ramos, as well as Leitch and Te Kloese, made presentations this week to Earthquakes ownership.
Ramos, 50, has managed the U.S. U20 program since 2011. He led the team to a quarterfinal finish at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The U.S. were ultimately defeated by the tournament champions, Serbia, who were managed by current Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic, in penalty kicks.
In addition to his duties with the U20 squad, Ramos also currently serves as the U.S. Youth Technical Director, as well as serving as a former assistant to former U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
As a player, Ramos tallied 81 appearances for the U.S. national team and scored eight goals. He played for the U.S. in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. In 121 MLS appearances, Ramos scored nine goals. Finally, at the club level, he played for Spanish clubs Figueres and Real Betis, as well as U.A.N.L. Tigres in Mexico.
A final decision is expected to be announced around the beginning of 2017, according to the report.