Gregg Berhalter

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Gregg Berhalter
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Personal information
Full nameGregg Berhalter
Date of birth (1973-08-01) August 1, 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
United States (head coach)
College career
1991–1994 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
1993 Raleigh Flyers
1994–1996 Zwolle 37 (2)
1996–1998 Sparta Rotterdam 10 (0)
1998–2000 Cambuur Leeuwarden 56 (2)
2001–2002 Crystal Palace 19 (1)
2002–2006 Energie Cottbus 111 (9)
2006–2009 1860 Munich 73 (8)
2009–2011 LA Galaxy 52 (0)
National team
1993 United States U20 4 (0)
1994–2006 United States 44 (0)
Teams managed
2011 LA Galaxy (assistant)
2011–2013 Hammarby IF
2013–2018 Columbus Crew SC
2018– United States
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gregg Berhalter ( /bərˈhɔːltər/ , bər-HAWL-tər; born August 1, 1973) is an American soccer coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team. Berhalter previously coached Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer, Hammarby IF in Sweden, and served as an assistant coach for LA Galaxy.


Playing career

Early life and education

Berhalter was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, [1] and was a high school teammate of Claudio Reyna at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. [2] He played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [2] In 1993, he spent the collegiate off season playing for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL. [3] Berhalter is the godson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Yastrzemski. [4]


Berhalter in 2007 Gregg Berhalter.jpg
Berhalter in 2007

Berhalter left UNC after his junior year, signing with Dutch club Zwolle in 1994. He later played for Sparta Rotterdam and SC Cambuur Leeuwarden in the Netherlands (later they had U.S. born executive Alex Pama also there), and with Crystal Palace in England (where he briefly played alongside Jovan Kirovski). During his time at Crystal Palace, he scored once against Bradford City. [5]

In 2002, Berhalter signed with Energie Cottbus of the German Bundesliga. He went on to make 111 league appearances with the team, captaining them to a promotion back to the Bundesliga. In 2006, Berhalter signed with TSV 1860 München of the 2. Bundesliga, and was named captain of the team. He stayed there for a further two and a half years, making 73 league appearances for Die Löwen.

After a 15-year career in Europe, Berhalter moved back to the United States in April 2009. He signed a contract with Major League Soccer, his first club contract in his home country. He was revealed as a Los Angeles Galaxy player on April 3, 2009. [6] In his first season with the Galaxy, their goals against were cut in half—from 61 to 30—with Berhalter being a leader in defense while mentoring Omar Gonzalez to Rookie of the Year honors.

On November 14, 2009, he scored in the 103rd minute of the scoreless Western Conference final, propelling the Galaxy to a 2–0 win over the Houston Dynamo and into the 2009 MLS Cup. It was his first goal in 28 appearances with the club. [7]

In his second season, the Galaxy won the MLS Supporters Shield and further reduced their goals against to 26 for the season, a Galaxy record.

On October 12, 2011, Berhalter announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2011 MLS season. [8]


Berhalter earned his first cap for the U.S. national team on October 15, 1994, against Saudi Arabia. Berhalter played a significant role for the U.S. at the 2002 World Cup, stepping in for the injured Jeff Agoos and starting the last two games, and in doing so became the first Crystal Palace player to play in a World Cup match.

On May 25, 2006, Berhalter was added to the U.S. national team's roster for the 2006 World Cup, replacing the injured Cory Gibbs. Berhalter expressed confidence in the ability of the team in the run up to the tournament, [9] but was an unused substitute in all three group games. The U.S. was eliminated after finishing at the bottom of Group E in the first round with one draw and two defeats.

Coaching career

Hammarby IF

Following a season as Los Angeles Galaxy's assistant coach, Berhalter was named head coach for Swedish club Hammarby IF on December 12, 2011. [10] Berhalter was the first American to ever manage a professional soccer team in Europe. [11] Berhalter was fired on July 24, 2013 for a "lack of attacking play". [12] Hammarby were in eighth place at the time of the sacking. [13]

Columbus Crew SC

Berhalter became the sporting director and head coach of Columbus Crew on November 6, 2013. [14]

Under Berhalter, Columbus Crew SC qualified for the playoffs in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. They reached the MLS Cup Final in 2015, but lost at home 2–1 to the Portland Timbers.

United States

On December 2, 2018, Berhalter became the manager of the United States national team. [15] He earned his first victory as manager in a friendly against Panama on January 27, 2019.

Managerial statistics

As of matches played on February 1, 2020.
Hammarby December 12, 2011 [10] July 23, 2013 [12] 461811175344+9039.13 [13] [16] [17]
Columbus Crew SC November 16, 2013 [14] December 2, 2018 [18] 193746950287281+6038.34 [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29]
United States December 3, 2018 [15] present1912523914+25063.16


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