USMNT Fires Head Coach Gregg Berhalter After Disappointing Copa América Campaign

USMNT Head coach Gregg Berhalter at the attends revealing 26 strong Men National Team to World Cup at Brooklyn Steel in November 2022
USMNT Head coach Gregg Berhalter at Brooklyn Steel in November 2022. Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Shutterstock (13618222q)

The United States men’s national team will have a new head coach for the 2026 World Cup after the U.S. Soccer Federation fired Gregg Berhalter on Wednesday.

Berhalter is out following a disappointing campaign at the 2024 Copa América. Despite hosting the tournament and being expected to make a deep run, USMNT finished third in Group C and failed to reach the knockout stage.

“I want to thank Gregg for his hard work and dedication to U.S. Soccer and our Men’s National Team,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone in a statement. “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.”

Crocker, who made the decision to fire Berhalter, will now lead the process of finding a new boss for USMNT. The search is already underway, with the U.S. Soccer Federation seeking a “coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup.”

After stints with Sweden’s Hammarby and MLS side Columbus Crew, Gregg Berhalter took over as USMNT’s head coach in 2018. In the next four years, he compiled a 37-12-11 record while guiding the team to the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup.

Berhalter’s contract expired after the World Cup, but he ended up receiving a fresh contract last summer after months of deliberation by the U.S. Soccer Federation. He had seven wins, one draw, and six losses since then.

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