Gregg Berhalter has expressed his concerns over the problems of the USMNT days after taking charge. His appointment wasn’t straight forward, and after several gibber gabbers and potential candidates, Berhalter made it to the position albeit he was always the prime contender. Berhalter wants the team to develop an attacking mindset by following the basics of ball retention, distribution, and attacking forays. Ironically, he was sacked by Hammerby of Sweden due to his ultra-defensive strategies, although the USMNT now boasts of players who can rip down opposition at will.
Pulisic had earlier called for a coach with a plan, and it seems like Berhalter may be the answer to their prayers. Greg is the best choice according to US Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro who dispossessed Sunil Gulati for the position. Sarachan held the fortress as the interim manager for 14 months after Arena’s departure following World Cup qualification failure. Earnie Stewart the General Manager, and a former teammate of Berhalter feels the board’s decision to go ahead with Berhalter will now lay the stones for a better future.
Ageing players and being bereft of ideas had led USMNT to one of its darkest phases, and Stewart and Berhalter will look to the younger guns to fire all cylinders. USMNT has been known for their tenacious style of play and relied heavily on rare counter attacks, but with Pulisic and McKennie in the team and add to that Tim Weah and Josh Sargent, they can wreak havoc on opposition. Gregg has implemented his idea of breaking down opposition’s play and disorganization of opponent paid dividend at Columbus Crew FC. Berhalter can be an intimidating person who loves those steely eye contacts with players, but once the air clears, Berhalter is one of the most caring coaches in the World, said according to Wil Trapp of Columbus Crew FC.
Stu Holden, a former American midfielder feels Gregg needs to make his team believe in winning and that could be the biggest hurdles after a string of poor results. Lot of debate has emerged about Christian Pulisic’ position in the team. Known for his trickery and sheer pace and acceleration coupled with extraordinary vision, Pulisic is able to play centrally and also as a wide winger. However, to be the best player he will need to score goals and the team should develop a strategy with him at the helm. Pulisic has already wore the armband, which signifies the trust of those who matter, but too much pressure may see him hand it to somebody else.
Those questions will be answered gradually, but for now Berhalter would be prepared to chart out the best possible way to bring USMNT back to life.