Sunil Gulati said he hoped to be able to announce an interim coach for the U.S. men’s national team by the end of this week ahead of a friendly next month at Portugal. But the process hasn’t gone as smoothly as Gulati would have hoped. He wanted Under-20 coach Tab Ramos to take the job on an interim basis. And while Ramos would love to have the job on a non-interim basis, he’s not so sure he wants to have an interim label right now.
It’s expected that Gulati will continue to push for Ramos and the interim label. If Ramos doesn’t end up taking it, look for it to be offered to another coach who’s currently on the U.S. Soccer payroll. Keep in mind, Bruce Arena’s assistants—including Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan, Matt Reis and Kenny Arena—are still technically on the payroll of U.S. Soccer and could be options to coach in the Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal, which will reportedly be the only match the U.S. plays during that FIFA window instead of the usual two-game slate.