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.