Gregg Berhalter named head coach of US men’s national soccer team

After playing in two World Cups, Gregg Berhalter will be trying to lead the U.S. back there as its coach.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has chosen Berhalter, who has coached the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer for five seasons, to be the next coach for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

Berhalter is scheduled to be officially introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

“Gregg has the background as a person, successful coach and former player,” said USMNT general manager Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “When it comes to the base and added value qualifications, he scored extremely high. His willingness, work ethic and ideas about developing this player pool and influencing these players in and outside of camp and the thought process he has about that — constantly seeking new things — set him apart.

“He is a coach that is learning at all times. Every single day he tries to develop himself so he can be a better leader for the team that he has. That is something that really stood out with Gregg and went a long way in the decision to offer him the job.” 

The 45-year-old Berhalter becomes the first former USMNT player to coach the team. He is a two-time World Cup veteran, including two starts in the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup.

"This is a tremendous honor," Berhalter said in a statement. "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."

The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a humiliating loss to Trinidad and Tobago. The 2012 World Cup will be held in Qatar.

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