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US Men’s Soccer Coach, Former Crew Boss Gregg Berhalter Fired

By meerna Jul11,2024
US Men’s Soccer Coach, Former Crew Boss Gregg Berhalter Fired

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JULY 1: United States head coach Gregg Berhalter plays the national anthem before the CONMEBOL Copa America Group C match between the United States and Uruguay on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on July 1, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/USSF/Getty Images for USSF)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The U.S. men’s national soccer team will have a new boss as the federation announced its head coach Gregg Berhalter has been fired.

Berhalter’s departure comes after the Americans were eliminated from the Copa America as hosts in the group stage. After a 2-0 win over Bolivia, the U.S. team lost 2-1 to Panama and then lost 1-0 to Uruguay, allowing them to exit the knockout stage despite being the favorites to advance to the group stage.

Pressure for Berhalter to leave began to mount after U.S. broadcasters and prominent fan groups, including the American Outlaws, dropped the Copa America.

The 50-year-old took over as USA boss after five seasons as Columbus Crew manager, helping the Black & Gold to four playoff appearances. Berhalter led the Crew to the 2015 MLS Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to Portland Timbers at Historic Crew Stadium.

Berhalter helped the Americans become the best team in CONCACAF, leading them to the 2021 Nations League title and the 2021 Gold Cup, defeating Mexico in each final. The U.S. team qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after losing in 2018.

At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Americans advanced through the group stage with draws against Wales and England before defeating Iran 1-0. The U.S. lost 3-1 to the Netherlands in the round of 16, extending a 20-year drought without a win in the knockout stages of a FIFA World Cup.

Berhalter’s contract was not renewed in 2022 as the U.S. Soccer Federation considered other options. During that time, Berhalter found himself embroiled in a conflict with the Reyna family after reports emerged of a three-decade-long domestic violence investigation.

Despite the months-long process, the United States re-hired Berhalter in June with plans to have him manage the team at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Now US Soccer will be looking for a new coach for the national team, which is preparing to defend its CONCACAF Nations League title and hopes for a successful appearance at the 2026 World Cup.

The United States’ next match will be a friendly against Canada in Kansas City on September 7. The Stars and Stripes will begin their 2026 World Cup campaign on June 12, 2026, in Los Angeles.

By meerna

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