So, more than a year after the greatest debacle in U.S. Soccer history, the men’s national team finally has a coach.
Welcome, Gregg Berhalter.
While the selection of the now former Columbus Crew manager is of little surprise, the choice is nonetheless a solid one. Berhalter has experience as a player and manager domestically and internationally. Also, over the past year-plus, he did a remarkable job keeping his Crew players focused as talk of relocation to Austin swirled.
Through the long process of finding a replacement for Bruce Arena, many fans and pundits voiced concerns. Further questions of U.S. Soccer’s process of hiring a head coach need to be asked. But let’s hope the next search for a men’s national team leader is far off in the future.
If there are real concerns, raise them. We know U.S. Soccer as an organization is far from perfect. But concerns need to be real and not manufactured conspiracy theories.
Now, the focus needs to be on Berhalter.
Although the rebuilding process needed to start in the weeks following that painful loss to Trinidad & Tobago, the reset button will now be hit for real.
The good news for Berhalter is the talent pool at his disposal. Names such as Pulisic, Weah, Steffen, Adams, and others are young and talented and give U.S. fans hope for a bright future.
In addition, while there is some focus on next summer’s Gold Cup, the ultimate goal of World Cup qualification is still aways away And remember the 2022 edition in Qatar won’t begin until November of that year.
Good luck, Gregg. We’ll be rooting for ya!