US soccer coach Gregg Berhalter fired: USMNT looking for new manager after Copa America disaster

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U.S. men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter has been fired, a little over a week after the team was eliminated in the group stage of the 2024 Copa America. The U.S. entered the cup with relatively high expectations, with the minimum of surviving the group stage and showing competitiveness against stronger opponents, but a stunning loss to Panama in the second match of the tournament hastened their elimination before Uruguay put the final nail in the team’s coffin, and ultimately Berhalter’s time with the team. The Americans needed to improve on Panama’s performance against Bolivia in the final against Uruguay, but failed to do so against one of the tournament’s favorites, forcing them to hit the reset button just two years before hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“I want to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the confidence they have placed in me over the past five years to lead this team. Representing our country is a tremendous honor and I am proud of the identity we have built on and off the field. It has been very satisfying to see how this team has improved over the years and I continue to be grateful for the lifelong bonds we have created with our players, coaches and staff,” Berhalter said in a statement. “The Copa America result is extremely disappointing and I take full responsibility for our performance. Our approach and process have always been focused on the 2026 World Cup and I am confident that this group will be one of the big stories in 2026.”

The USMNT coach failed to record a single victory at the highest level during his five years in charge, aside from dominating struggling rival Mexico. He had five top-20 wins (in terms of FIFA rankings), but four were against Mexico and one was against Iran.

“I want to thank Gregg for his hard work and dedication to U.S. Soccer and our men’s national team,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a press release. “We are now focused on working with our athletic director Matt Crocker and leveraging his experience at the highest level of the game to ensure we find the right person to lead the USMNT into a new era of success on the pitch.”

As for what happens next, it's anyone's guess, but fans are wondering if now is the time to go after a big boss. There are certainly there are many possible optionsThe US have been linked with the likes of Jose Mourinho in the past, while the likes of World Cup winner Joachim Low and French legend Zinedine Zidane could be available. The early fan favourite is certainly former Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, while MLS coaches such as Columbus Crew's Wilfried Nancy and LAFC's Steve Cherundolo are also names to watch.

“We are extremely grateful to Gregg for his service to the Men's National Team and to U.S. Soccer over the past five years,” Crocker said in a statement. “Gregg has earned the respect of everyone within our organization and has played a critical role in bringing together a young team and moving the program forward. We wish Gregg the very best in his future endeavors and know he will find success in his next coaching position.”

“Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximise our potential as we prepare for the 2026 World Cup. We have already begun our search process.”

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