December 30, 2016
YOU CAN CALL HIM CHIEF
Reports: Rongen named chief USMNT scout
It certainly looks like Thomas Rongen has been named chief scout of the U.S. national team.
The announcement has not been made by U.S. Soccer yet, although fans have offered congratulations to the 60-year-old on social media and Rongen has acknowledged them.
Rongen has enjoyed a storied and varied career, first as a player and then as a coach at various levels.
He started his professional soccer career with Amsterdamsche FC in his native Netherlands before venturing across the Atlantic to pursue a life in the United States in the original North American Soccer League.
From 1979 through 1985, Rongen played with the Los Angeles Aztecas, Washington Diplomats, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (then the Minnesota Strikers. He then went onto to perform with the Chicago Sting when it played in the old Major Indoor Soccer League and then the Strikers when it was in the A-League.
Rongen has coached many teams at several levels.
That included as a head coach Pope John Paul II High School and South Plantation H.S., as an assistant with Nova Southeastern University, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (A-League), Tampa Bay Mutiny, New England Revolution, D.C. United and Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. He guided United to the 1999 MLS Cup.
More recently, he had a pair of tenures as U.S. Under-20 national coach, guided American Samoa for a short stint during World Cup qualifying in 2011, was Toronto FC academy director from 2012-14 and was head coach of the Rowdies from 2014-15.