10 Head Coaches Available to Replace Gregg Berhalter for the USMNT

After a loss to Panama and mounting pressure, the national team needs a new direction. Who could take over the USMNT?
Panama v United States - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024
Panama v United States - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024 / Hector Vivas/GettyImages

The USMNT's 2-1 defeat to Panama in the Copa América was the spark that ignited the fans. The hashtag #BerhalterOut exploded on social media, reflecting the frustration of a crowd watching their dreams of a smooth quarterfinal qualification slip through their fingers. Now, the shadow of a possible dismissal of coach Gregg Berhalter looms on the horizon.

The situation is tricky. The United States, which started the group stage with high expectations, finds itself at a crossroads. With three points and in second place in the group, the team now needs to beat Uruguay, the current leader, in the last round to secure their spot without relying on other results. The mission isn't impossible, but it's definitely challenging. And at the eye of this storm is Berhalter, whose future with the team is uncertain.

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But what if Berhalter is fired after the Copa América? Who could step in and lead the USMNT toward a brighter future? Fortunately, the coaching market is full of intriguing options, names that could bring the experience and vision needed to revitalize the team.

With so many options out there, the USMNT has a unique opportunity to rethink its future. If Berhalter gets the boot, it could be the turning point the American team needs to achieve better results.

Check out the available head coaches

1. Massimiliano Allegri - Last Club: Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri
Atalanta BC v Juventus FC - Coppa Italia 2023/2024 Final / Paolo Bruno/GettyImages

Massimiliano Allegri, formerly of Juventus, stands out. With an impressive resume, he can organize the defense and give the team a new look. His tactical approach and experience in European competitions could be a valuable asset for the American team.

2. Edin Terzic - Last Club: Borussia Dortmund

Edin Terzic
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Final 2023/24 / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Another strong candidate is Edin Terzic, who had a significant stint at Borussia Dortmund. Terzic is known for his ability to develop young talent, something the USMNT could benefit from given the large number of promising players in American soccer. He could be the missing piece to unite a young and promising squad.

3. Sérgio Conceição - Last Club: Porto

Sergio Conceicao
Sporting v FC Porto - Final da Taca de Portugal / Carlos Rodrigues/GettyImages

Sérgio Conceição, recently with Porto, is also a viable option. With an aggressive playing style and the ability to motivate players, Conceição could bring the energy and determination the team seems to lack right now. His track record of success in Portugal indicates his competence.

4. Mauricio Pochettino - Last Club: Chelsea


Mauricio Pochettino, formerly of Chelsea, is a name that always comes up in these discussions. With stints at top clubs in England and an offensive playing philosophy, Pochettino could transform the USMNT into a more dynamic and creative team. Plus, his experience in high-level competitions would be a bonus for the national team.

5. Marcelo Gallardo - Last Club: Al-Ittihad

Al-Ittihad v Al Akhdoud - Saudi Pro League
Al-Ittihad v Al Akhdoud - Saudi Pro League / Yasser Bakhsh/GettyImages

Marcelo Gallardo, who recently managed Al-Ittihad, is also an intriguing figure. Known for his work at River Plate, where he won several titles, Gallardo has the ability to build winning teams. His adaptability and ability to work under pressure would be essential to handle the current USMNT scenario.

6. Fernando Diniz - Last Club: Brazilian National Team and Fluminense

Fernando Diniz, Marcelo
Fluminense v Internacional: Semi-final - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2023 / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

Fernando Diniz, recently with the Brazilian National Team and simultaneously Fluminense, where he won the Libertadores in 2023 and the Conmebol Recopa in 2024, is a bold choice. Diniz could revolutionize how the USMNT plays with his unique style, popularly known as “Dinizism.” His success in Brazil shows he knows how to get the most out of his players.

7. Quique Setién - Last Club: Villarreal

Quique Setien
Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Quique Setién, formerly of Villarreal, is another option worth considering. With a playing style based on ball possession and a focus on building from the back, Setién could bring a new philosophy to the American team.

8. Jorge Sampaoli - Last Club: Flamengo

Jorge Sampaoli
Flamengo v Sao Paulo - Brasileirao 2023 / Wagner Meier/GettyImages

Jorge Sampaoli, with a stint at Flamengo, brings an intensity that could benefit the USMNT. His energetic playing style and ability to inspire players to give their best could be the spark needed to ignite the team’s competitive spirit.

9. Luiz Felipe Scolari - Last Club: Atlético-MG

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Atletico Mineiro v Cruzeiro - Brasileirao 2023 / Getty Images/GettyImages

Luiz Felipe Scolari, a veteran of world soccer with a stint at Atlético-MG, brings unmatched experience. A World Cup champion with Brazil, Scolari knows how to handle pressure and build winning teams.

10. Ramón Díaz - Last Club: Vasco da Gama

Nova Iguaçu v CR Vasco da Gama - Campeonato Estadual do Rio de Janeiro Semifinal Second Leg
Nova Iguaçu v CR Vasco da Gama - Campeonato Estadual do Rio de Janeiro Semifinal Second Leg / MB Media/GettyImages

Lastly, Ramón Díaz, recently with Vasco da Gama, is a solid option. With a history of success in South America, Díaz could bring a different perspective to the USMNT. His ability to handle different cultures and playing styles would be a significant advantage.