Berhalter has doubts about his future as US head coach

United States men’s national team head coach Greg Berhalter has revealed that his future with the team is unclear.

The Americans were eliminated by the Netherlands at the 2022 World Cup on Saturday. While the final score doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story, the USMNT fell 3-1 that night.

After the game, Berhalter made some interesting comments about his status as head coach. ESPN correspondent Sam Borden said the American coach will need time to think about his future. “In the coming weeks I will sit down and clear my head and think about the future,” said Berhalter.

However, the decision is not entirely up to the head coach. USMNT insider Tom Bogert has also revealed that Berhalter’s current contract expires at the end of the World Cup.

Along with the boss, the rest of the team’s coaching staff are also vying for a new deal.

Whether Berhalter deserves a new contract will certainly have to be carefully considered.

The American currently has a respectable 62% win rate during his time with the team. This includes winning 37 of his 60 total games at the helm.

Positive points from World Cup appearances

The USMNT also performed quite well at the 2022 World Cup. In a very competitive group against England, Iran and Wales, the Americans managed to qualify for the knockout round.

Despite the loss against the tough Dutch team, fans can be proud of the young USMNT team.

Nevertheless, Berhalter has made some very interesting decisions in recent weeks around the tournament. Despite his role in the World Cup qualifiers, Ricardo Pepi was completely left out of the tournament squad. He also made a similar decision with Zack Steffen.

Berhalter’s starting eleven for the game against the Netherlands was also not well received. The coach eventually chose Jesus Ferreira to lead the front line, rather than Tim Weah or Haji Wright.

USSF should target a big name for the role

In the end, the USMNT was one of the youngest teams at the World Cup in Qatar. They clearly have the talent to get through the group stage, but fell short in certain areas.

Bringing in a great manager to lead the side in the 2026 World Cup could be just what the Americans need.

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