- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 20, 2011
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- 2012 Olympics, Akron, Caleb Porter
A bit of news we heard about yesterday over on Twitter. University of Akron head coach Caleb Porter has been officially named the US U-23 head coach – more importantly the Olympics head coach for the US.
Porter will lead the U-23 team to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games when they compete in CONCACAF qualifying in March next year.
In addition to this news about Porter, the USSF also named former US Men’s National team midfielder Tab Ramos the U-20 head coach.
“We are excited to have Caleb join our youth National Team staff,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Still early in his career, Caleb has been extremely successful and has demonstrated the ability to mentor and develop young players. A proven winner, we believe he will do a great job of leading our Under-23 Men’s National Team as they look to qualify for the Olympic Games next summer.”
“Tab Ramos has been one of the pioneers of the sport in this country and will bring a wealth of experience in his role as the Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach. His addition to our national team program will be a benefit as we continue to concentrate on the development of our youth players at the international level.”
Both are great hires for the US. Porter has long been thought of as the next great coach in American soccer. He has taken Akron to new heights over the last few years – turning out MLS player after MLS player. It was only a matter of time before he would be a coach on this level. He will still continue to be the Zips’ head coach, so fear not Akron fan.
Porter has an eye for young talent and that should carry over nicely for the U-23 program. I’ve always thought that would be a good fit for him down the road and the time has finally come for it.