This Sunday, the 13th-month search for a new permanent head coach for the US Men’s National Team came to a more than awaited end. On Sunday the federation officially announced that Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter would be the new man in charge. Berhalter rumored to take the job months before the official news. Also, it was rumored that recently sacked former Real Madrid manager, Julien Lopetegui applied for the job. Sources said Lopetegui quickly turned down by the federation. Sources said it seemed too soon to hire him after his miserable time at Bernabeu. With that all of the way if your not a fan of the MLS you would wonder who is Gregg Berhalter? Here are three things to know about the new US head coach:
Berhalter played in 2 World Cups
Berhalter made 44 caps for the MNT between 1994 and 2006. He played in six major competitions at the senior level and two of them were the World Cup. Berhalter made the 23 man squad for 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup. He helped the USA to reach to the Quarterfinals in which they lost 1-0 to Germany.
Also in 2006, Berhalter played on the biggest football stage in the world. This time the US failed to make it out of the group stage. On a good note, they drew with Italy who ended up winning the tournament. This was the only point they picked up in Germany.
He had a decent career in Europe
Berhalter started his professional career in Holland. In 1994 he made his debut for PEC Zwolle. He later spent four more years in Holland playing for Sparta Rotterdam and SC Cambuur. Berhalter spent one season in the English League Championship, playing for Crystal Palace. Additionally, He spent seven years in Germany in which he captained Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich. After 15 years in Europe, Berhalter returned home and joined LA Galaxy in 2011.
He started his managerial career in Sweden
Berhalter was involved in part-time management during his time at LA Galaxy. He served as a player and assistant coach. However, in 2012, after his retirement, Berhalter moved into full-time management at Hammarby. He managed the team for one season but returned to the US the following year. In 2014 he was named Sporting Director and Head Coach of Columbus Crew SC. During his tenure, he guided a club with one of the lowest salary budgets in the league to four MLS Cup Playoffs. He took them to the MLS Cup finals in 2015.