Berhalter to return as US national team coach – sources

ESPNJune 15, 2023, 10:45 PM ET3 minutes of reading

Pulisic: Berhalter should still be considered for USMNT job

The USMNT is showing its support for Greg Berhalder ahead of their CONCACAF Nations League semifinal clash against Mexico.

Greg Berhalter is set to return as manager The United States Men’s National Team confirmed The Athletic’s report to ESPN on Thursday night.

Sources said the deal is nearing completion and will continue till the 2026 World Cup. An official announcement from U.S. Soccer about Berhalter leading the U.S. to the 2022 World Cup is expected Friday.

Berhalter, 49, was hired in December 2018 after failing to qualify for that year’s tournament and coached the Americans to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup, where they were eliminated with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. The United States earns an automatic berth in the 2026 World Cup, co-hosting with Mexico and Canada.

Berhalder led the Americans to 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws, and while discussing a new contract with USSF athletic director Ernie Stewart, the family of Giovanni Reyna, upset about his lack of playing time in Qatar, contacted the USSF about the allegation involving Berhalder. In 1992 in a meeting with the woman who became his wife.

Gio Reyna’s parents — former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna and midfielder Daniel Egan — said Berhalder discussed his issues with Gio at a management conference after the World Cup, and while not identifying Gio, spoke clearly about the 20-year-old midfielder. .

The USSF has retained the legal team of Alston and Baird to investigate the 1992 encounter, and the law firm said in a statement released March 13 that Berhalter’s conduct “may amount to a misdemeanor assault on a woman.” He was hired.

“There is no basis to conclude that hiring Mr. Berhalter would create legal risks for a company,” the report said.

Stewart announced his departure on 26 January and was replaced at the end of April by Southampton director of football operations Matt Crocker, who was tasked with searching for a new coach. Crocker said he plans to make a decision by late summer.

Earlier on Thursday, Jesse Marsh’s agent, Ron Waxman, tweeted that his client would not become an American coach. Marsh was very willing to go to work.

Anthony Hudson, one of Berhalter’s assistants, became interim coach on 4 January and coached the Americans to two wins, one loss and two draws before stepping down as coach of Qatari club Al Marqiya on 30 May.

BJ Callaghan, another assistant in Hudson’s place, led the Americans to the CONCACAF Nations League semifinal against Mexico on Thursday night, sending the Americans to the final against Canada with an impressive 3-0 win.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Jeremy Schaap contributed to this story. Information from the Associated Press was also used.

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