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After nine years at the helm, Thomas Rongen is out as the U.S. under-20 national team coach, the U.S. Soccer Federation told the Insider this morning.

He will not guide the squad at a tournament in France this month and his contract will not be renewed when it expires Dec. 31, a USSF spokesman said. It’s unclear whether he will be assigned other responsibilities for the remainder of the year.

The United States failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup this spring, ending a streak of seven consecutive appearances.

Tab Ramos, a former U.S. national team star who serves on the USSF ’s technical board and is a U-20 assistant, will oversee the squad heading for France.

Rongen, who coached four MLS clubs, is D.C. United’s color commentator for Comcast SportsNet broadcasts.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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