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Gregg Berhalter sacked as US Men’s Soccer Coach following early Copa America departure

Latest News: Gregg Berhalter Fired as U.S. Men’s Soccer Coach After Copa America First-round Exit

Berhalter Fired as U.S. Men’s Soccer Coach After First-round Copa America Exit

Gregg Berhalter, the U.S. men’s soccer coach, has been fired just 10 months into his second stint, following his team’s disappointing first-round exit from the Copa America tournament. The decision to let go of Berhalter comes amidst doubts about his leadership and capabilities, less than two years before the United States is set to host the World Cup.

After a 2-0 win over Bolivia in the opening match of the Copa America, the U.S. team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Panama and a 2-1 loss to Uruguay, ultimately leading to their elimination from the tournament. With a record of seven wins, six losses, and one draw in his second stint, Berhalter’s overall record stands at 44 wins, 17 losses, and 13 draws.

In a statement, Berhalter expressed his disappointment with the Copa America result and took full responsibility for the team’s performance. He had initially focused on the 2026 World Cup, but the recent outcomes raised questions about his suitability to lead the team.

The search for Berhalter’s replacement is already underway, with names like J├╝rgen Klopp, Thierry Henry, and Marcelo Bielsa being speculated as potential candidates. Sporting director Matt Crocker will make the recommendation for the new coach, with the team scheduled to play friendlies against Canada and New Zealand in September.

As the U.S. prepares for the 2026 World Cup, finding a coach who can maximize the team’s potential is a top priority. Berhalter, the first American to coach the national team after playing for them in a World Cup, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the team and build a strong identity on and off the field.

With the World Cup approaching and only 23 months left before the tournament kicks off in the United States, the USSF is on the lookout for a coach who can steer the team to success. The decision to part ways with Berhalter reflects the organization’s commitment to achieving their goals and aspirations for the upcoming World Cup.

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