After a poor start to life as head coach of the USMNT, it might be time to start worrying about Gregg Berhalter. Here are three reasons for concern.
The United States Men’s National Team’s road to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup has been a disastrous one. Losing to Jamaica, some questionable roster decisions, and doubts surroudning the quality of the talent pool. And then it hit rock bottom on Sunday night. The USMNT were blown out 3-0 by Venezuela.
The upcoming Gold Cup will see the first competitive matches for the U.S under new manager Gregg Berhalter This is a tense and crucial time for the USMNT, and if the past few months have been an indication, more murky waters might be ahead. Unfortunately, after only being in charge for half a year, it might already be time to start worrying about Gregg Berhalter.
Here are three reasons why.
The most worrisome thing about Berhalter’s brief tenure so far is that he’s already shown clear and consistent favoritism. He has his guys, and they will seemingly get chance after chance in the team no matter what.
Wil Trapp has been the most prominent example of this so far. He was club captain when Berhalter was in charge with the Columbus Crew and has gotten a number of starts at the lone defensive midfielder position since the new coach arrived. He’s been poor, and his inclusion has kept better options on the bench, while forcing others like Tyler Adams to play out of position.
Omar Gonzalez is another name who has unfairly benefited from Berhalter taking over. The former Galaxy defender was tragic during the United States’ failed World Cup qualifying run, but he finds himself back in the fold in the present day. After mass shock and horror as a result of his return to the team, fans began to realize that Gonzalez and Berhalter were once roommates in the past and have stayed friends ever since. It doesn’t matter how bad the center-back has been in recent times. The coach likes him, and that’s enough, which has become the case for many others.