US fires Gregg Berhalter over poor Copa America performance

US fires Gregg Berhalter over poor Copa America performance
Gregg Berhalter (AFP/GIORGIO VIERA)

GREGG Berhalter has officially been fired as coach of the United States national soccer team following poor performance in the 2024 Copa America, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced on Thursday (July 7).

The 2024 Copa America hosts failed to progress from the group stage after losing to Uruguay and Panama.

This is the first time the United States has been eliminated in the group stage of a major soccer tournament, worsening the performance of the United States, which will host the 2026 World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.

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The decision to fire Berhalter was made by USSF athletic director Matt Crocker after a ten-day review and consultation with President Cindy Parlow Cone, CEO JT Batson, Athletic Vice President Oguchi Onyewu and members of the board of directors.

“I want to thank Gregg for his hard work and dedication to USA Soccer and our men’s national team,” Cone said. Between.

“We are now focused on working with our Athletic Director, Matt Crocker, to ensure we find the right person to lead the U.S. National Soccer Team into a new era of success on the field.”

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Berhalter himself has previously expressed his disappointment with the results at the Copa America. “The results in the Copa America were very disappointing and I take full responsibility for our performance,” he said.

“Our approach has always been to focus on the 2026 World Cup and I remain confident that this group will be one of the big stories in 2026.”

Crocker will lead the search for Berhalter’s replacement and has begun that process. “USA Soccer is committed to doing what it takes to ensure our success on the field and we are dedicated to building a winning culture,” Crocker said.

Berhalter is under contract from June 2023 until the 2026 World Cup. However, the United States has struggled to show consistent improvement, including disappointing results in the Nations League Concacaf and a loss to Trinidad Tobago.

The United States hopes to quickly find a new coach who will maximize the team’s potential in the run-up to the 2026 World Cup (Z-6).

Budi Ernanto

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