Mr. Rongen has one of the most impressive coaching resumes in American professional and international soccer.
As a professional player he began his career in the Dutch Eredivise with Ajax Amsterdam. Afterwards he took his talents to the United States and was named NASL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Aztecs, before going on to play for the Washington Diplomats, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and Minnesota Strikers.
His ascent up the coaching ranks started as player/coach of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and then head coach at Nova Southeastern University. With the start of Major League Soccer in 1996 he became Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Mutiny with star player Carlos Valderrama, where he was named the league’s first Coach of the Year. Over the next decade, he went on to become the Head Coach of three other MLS clubs: the New England Revolution, DC United, and Chivas USA. He has also served as the Academy Director for Tornoto FC, and designed and maintained a curriculum for development of the club’s youth players with the goal of advancement into the professional team.
Mr. Rongen has also had the privilege of twice being the Head Coach of the U20 United States Men’s National Team. During his tenure the U20s qualified for three FIFA World Cup tournaments. He has also been the Head Coach of the American Samoa Men’s National Team at the senior level, and he led that country through the first phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, achieving the country’s first ever win in WC qualifying history.
He holds the “A” Coaching License from both the Dutch and United States Soccer Federations, and also has the FIFA Futuro III, Pro-Active Course ProgramCertificate.
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