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MLS 🔵 Gregg Berhalter fired as USMNT coach

Gregg Berhalter has been fired after a seven-year tenure as the head coach of the USMNT following a disastrous Copa America group stage exit.

Berhalter, who led the USMNT to two Gold Cups and a Nations League, failed to beat a top-25-ranked team outside of CONCACAF. US Soccer is expected to name Berhalter’s replacement ahead of their September friendly against Canada.

Berhalter took over the USMNT job after Bruce Arena’s resignation in December 2018. He led the USMNT into the World Cup for the first time since 2014, taking them to the round of 16. Berhalter finishes his stint in Chicago with 44 wins, 15 losses, and 13 ties. His biggest accomplishment with the USMNT was winning back-to-back Nations League titles over Canada and Mexico. He also won one Gold Cup in 2021.

Bolivia in its opener on home turf, the United States suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Panama and eventual semi-finalists Uruguay.

Copa America 2024 was the United States’ best chance to prepare as they host the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico. However, Berhalter’s side looked tame in attack, overly reliant on its star attacking players to shine individually. The team lacked discipline throughout the tournament and saw moments of sloppy defense. Berhalter has been accused of coddling his players, and it showed throughout the match — an unmotivated USA side that seemed content with defeat at times.

undefinedcontroversial Mathias Olivera strike made the difference, the USMNT didn’t create enough chances to score.

Berhalter faced criticism after the exit

Berhalter faced mass criticism after the USMNT’s exit from Copa America. The national team’s biggest supporter groups called for his firing over social media. Fans chanted ‘Fire Gregg’ during their loss at Arrowhead Stadium.

Berhalter USA replacements include high-profile managers such as Thierry Henry, Jurgen Klopp, and Mauricio Pochettino. But, it’s uncertain when Crocker and US Soccer will announce a new head coach. LAFC’s Steve Cherundolo and Columbus Crew manager Wilfried Nancy are likely candidates.

The United States will return to action, likely with a new coach, on September 7th in a friendly against Canada.

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