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Reports: Houston Dynamo hire U.S. soccer legend Tab Ramos as head coach

Reports: Houston Dynamo hire U.S. soccer legend Tab Ramos as head coach
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The Houston Dynamo have come to terms with Tabare "Tab" Ramos to become the fourth Head Coach in club history - according to reports.


Ramos was recently the Head Coach of the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team, a position he held since 2011. Under Ramos, the U.S. returned to the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2013 and reached the quarterfinals in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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As a player, Ramos represented the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics, three FIFA World Cups (Italy 1990, USA 1994, France 1998), two Concacaf Gold Cups and two Copa America tournaments. He was named 1990 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

ABC13's David Nuno, FOX Business' Kristian Dyer and FOX 26's Mark Berman were among the first to report the pending announcement. The Dynamo are expected to confirm the news via a press release within the next hours with a press conference coming as early as next week.

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Extremely positive Yordan Alvarez update from Astros opens door for landmark year

It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.

Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.

While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.

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Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.

Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.

He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.

So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?

Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.

One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.

Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.

So what does all this mean for Yordan?

Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!

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