What Happened to Gregg Berhalter?

What does Berhalter's dismissal mean for the US national team?
United States v Uruguay - CONMEBOL Copa America USA 2024
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Gregg Berhalter was let go by the U.S. Soccer Federation. But why exactly was he removed?

Berhalter managed 4 wins, 17 draws, and 13 losses in 74 matches. Notably, he led the team to victories in the 2021 Gold Cup and the two editions of the Concacaf Nations League. He not only guided the team through the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup but also led the youngest team in the tournament, which finished second in Group B.

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Now, some might argue that his departure was inevitable. The U.S. Soccer Federation, under Cindy Parlow Cone's leadership, seems to be focused on a new direction, maybe looking for a coach who can take the team to new heights in the 2026 World Cup. Cone was clear in thanking Berhalter for his work but emphasized the need to look forward, work with Sports Director Matt Crocker, and leverage his experience to find the right person to lead the team.

Crocker, who plays a crucial role in this transition, has already started the search for Berhalter's replacement. The lingering question is: who will be capable? And more importantly, how will this change affect the team's dynamics?

The symbolism of this change is strong. The U.S. Soccer Federation is sending a clear message: we are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure success on the field.

We cannot forget that the U.S. Soccer Federation is committed to building a winning culture. And that means making tough decisions. The search for a new coach is a personification of this determination. The new leader will have the monumental responsibility of maximizing the team's potential while preparing for the 2026 World Cup.