USA hires Gregg Berhalter as Men’s National Team coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

After a long search, the USA Men’s National Team has hired Gregg Berhalter as head coach. He now takes over the program from interim coach Dave Sarachan.

Sarachan replaced Bruce Arena, who stepped down from the role in October 2017. Arena departed following the team’s failure to make the 2018 World Cup.

Gregg Berhalter in a Team USA jersey playing against Holland's National Team at ArenA in Amsterdam
Gregg Berhalter playing against Holland for Team USA (Photo by USA Soccer)

“This is a tremendous honor,” Berhalter said. “Having played for the National Team I know what it means to represent our country. I believe in our players and our program, and together we will work to build something special and develop a team that will make our supporters proud.”

Berhalter was the Columbus Crew SC manager from 2013 through 2018. Under his leadership, the team qualified for the playoffs in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

The team also made the MLS Cup Final in 2015. However, they were defeated 2-1 by the Portland Timbers.

Prior to accepting the Crew SC job, he was the Hammarby IF coach in December 2011. He was the first American to ever coach a professional soccer team in Europe at the time of his hiring.

He served as the LA Galaxy’s assistant coach in 2011.

As a player, he played for Team USA from 1994 through 2006. He made 44 appearances. He also made four appearances in 1993 as an U20 player for Team USA.

He was a professional soccer player from 1993 through 2011. He played for the Galaxy from 2009 through 2011, where he made 52 appearances.

Prior to the Galaxy, he played for 1860 Munich from 2006 through 2009, where he made 73 appearances and had eight goals. He also played for Energie Cottbus from 2002 through 2006, where he made 111 appearances and had nine goals.

He also made for Crystal Palace, where he made 19 appearances and made one goal from 2001 and 2002. He also made 56 appearances with Cambuur Leeuwarden from 1998 through 2000, where he scored two goals.

Berhalter made 10 appearances with Sparta Rotterdam from 1996 through 1998. He also made 37 appearances and had two goals from 1994 through 1996. He also a member of the Raleigh Flyers in 1993.

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