Gregg Berhalter: USMNT Part Ways With Head Coach Following Early Copa America Exit

Written by Patrick Echatah

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer announced that head coach Gregg Berhalter has been relieved of his coaching duties.

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The announcement comes after the US became the first-ever host nation to be ousted in the tournament’s group stage at the 2024 Copa América due to the program’s early exit. About two years before the US, Canada, and Mexico co-host the FIFA World Cup in 2026, the choice is made.

“I want to thank Gregg for his hard work and dedication to U.S. Soccer and our men’s national team,” said federation president Cindy Parlow Cone.

“We are now focused on working with our sporting director Matt Crocker and leveraging his experience at the highest levels of the sport to ensure we find the right person to lead the USMNT into a new era of on-field success.”

When Berhalter took over as head coach of the USMNT in December 2018, the squad advanced to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. He was rehired for a second cycle in June 2023 after his contract expired.

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Concacaf Nations League championships in 2019–20 and 2023–24, as well as a Concacaf Gold Cup victory in 2021, are among Berhalter’s career highlights. His record when he leaves is 44W-17L-13D.

“Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, and we have already begun our search process,” said Crocker.

Before working with Hammarby in Sweden, Berhalter began his coaching career as an assistant for the Los Angeles Galaxy. In 2013–18, he rejoined Major League Soccer as the Columbus Crew’s manager.

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