After months of ifs and what ifs, US Men’s National Team finally arrive to the decision of handing reins to Gregg Berhalter. The 45-year old had featured 44 times for the US National Team and was a part of the side that qualified for the 2002 and 2006 World Cup. An official statement was released after weeks of negotiations between the two parties with Dave Sarachan handling a wobbling US Men’s National Team in the period. Gregg Berhalter is the 37th coach of USMNT and is the youngest after Steve Simpson’s era that started from 1995.
Berhalter has spent his fair share of time in the European continent, both as a player and coach. He plied his trade of teams like Crystal Palace and 1860 Munich and got his first managerial taste by being the head coach of Hammerby IF of Sweden. He was at the helm for about 2 years, before being sacked for lack of offensive mindset. He then became the sporting director and later the head coach of Columbus Crew FC, who lost out to Portland Timbers in the finals of MLS Cup in 2015. Berhalter is expected to work from the Chicago headquarters with Sarachan moving to San Jose, California to start his new chapter.
Earnie Stewart the General Manager of USMNT took on the duties from August 1 and the hunt for new coach began with full flow, although the administrative body seems to be bit leggy with their decision. Apart from Berhalter, Sarachan was expected to stay, but no interviews were taken and same was the case for departing Tata Martino of Atlanta United, though he is expected to head Mexico National Team. Even talks of JulenLopetegui heading to USA appeared for fair bit, but Stewart seems to have found the perfect man for the job, and after a disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign, Berhalter will have enough time to regroup and reshuffle the pack.
Berhalter had quite a backing in the form of Jay Berhalter, the COO of the federation. Berhalter will be tasked with winning the confidence of players like Pulisic who wants a coach with a plan. Pulisic and others have shown their ability to take the game to the next level, but USMNT’s wobbly administration could now see a more rigorous and productive approach. They are set to host the Gold Cup and then the qualification procedure of Qatar 2022 will begin. Berhalter’s first task will be to see off Costa Rica February 2nd.