10 Reasons to Fire Gregg Berhalter from the USMNT

It's time for a drastic change in the USMNT
United States v Uruguay - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024
United States v Uruguay - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024 / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/USSF/GettyImages

Alright, folks, the situation with the USMNT is downright alarming. Gregg Berhalter, the man who promised to take the American team to new heights, is delivering results that are nowhere near what you'd expect from a squad full of top-tier talent. The Copa America was a true nightmare for the Americans, and while Jesse Marsch is making it rain with the Canadian team, Berhalter seems stuck in a time warp. Let’s break it down, plain and simple, with 10 reasons why Berhalter should be fired from the helm of the USMNT.

Firstly, the mediocre results speak for themselves. The early elimination in the Copa America is a clear reflection of the lack of progress and consistency under Berhalter's leadership. While Marsch, with a squad full of MLS players, took Canada to the semifinals, Berhalter and his crew couldn't get past the group stage. And they were playing at home with a far superior roster compared to Canada! This brings us to the second point: tactical stagnation. Berhalter seems stuck in an outdated approach, unable to get the best out of his players. Marsch, on the other hand, with an efficient and engaging strategy, transformed the Canadian team.

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And the failures in major tournaments? Let's not even go there! Getting knocked out of the Copa America in the group stage, especially playing at home, is an embarrassment that highlights Berhalter's inability to lead the USMNT to success in high-stakes competitions. The inconsistent performance is also a serious problem. The humiliating losses to Uruguay and Colombia stand in stark contrast to a few sporadic successes against teams like Mexico. This is alarming! We can't ignore it!

Moreover, Berhalter can't seem to harness the talent of MLS players. Using Marsch as a benchmark again, while Marsch maximizes his players' potential, Berhalter fails to do the same, even with a significant pool of talent at his disposal. And that’s not all. The pressure and expectations on Berhalter have significantly increased following disappointing performances, and the fans' patience is running thin.

Berhalter's inability to adapt during crucial matches is another critical point. The lack of tactical adjustments, as seen in the games against Panama and Uruguay, showcases an inability to react and adapt to situations on the field. This is unacceptable for a national team coach.

Gregg Berhalter
United States v Bolivia - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024 / Omar Vega/GettyImages

The unfavorable comparisons to Jesse Marsch’s success are inevitable. The rise of the Canadian team under Marsch's leadership only amplifies Berhalter's failures, highlighting what could be possible with different leadership. And let's not forget the need for renewal. For the USMNT to adequately prepare for the 2026 World Cup, it's imperative to have a new approach and leadership that can revitalize and fully utilize the available talent. Something Berhalter has simply not shown he is capable of so far.

During Berhalter’s tenure with the USMNT, honestly, I’m convinced that the United States has either stagnated or even regressed in its development. I genuinely expected the USMNT to evolve as much or even more than Canada has over this period. It’s desperate. If there isn’t a change now, it will be impossible to avoid an even bigger disaster at the World Cup starting in two years. A premature elimination in 2026 would be as traumatic as Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014, and that's no exaggeration!

Lastly, but certainly not least, the leadership of US Soccer needs to recognize that choosing Berhalter was a mistake. The strategic decisions and lack of proper planning have contributed to this disaster. But, in the end, it's the coach who puts the team on the field, and Berhalter’s inability to make tactical adjustments is undeniable. The Copa America should have been the tournament where the USMNT showed evolution and competitiveness, but what we saw was a disorganized team, without identity, and worst of all, without soul.

On social media, the calls for change are deafening. Confidence in the current leadership is shaken, and the patience of all Americans has run out. If US Soccer wants to regain the trust of the fans and, more importantly, build a promising future, changes need to start now. The first step? Recognize that the US soccer program has stagnated and needs a new approach.

The United States needs a leader who inspires confidence, has a clear vision, and can get the best out of the players. Someone who can turn potential into reality, who sees beyond immediate results, and builds a solid foundation. It's time for Gregg Berhalter to step aside and let a new vision lead the USMNT. The American team needs a new direction, one that can truly bring improvements so that we can compete with the world’s powerhouses without being a laughing stock. And, let’s face it, we can't waste any more time…