Gregg Berhalter’s days are numbered on the helm of the USA males’s nationwide group. The Yanks didn’t win a knockout stage recreation in Qatar and Berhalter is under investigation from a home violence incident that occurred 31 years in the past, the place he admitted to kicking his now spouse. US Soccer solely realized it occurred as alleged blackmail originating from former USMNTer Claudio Reyna and his spouse Danielle, mother and father of promising American teenager Gio Reyna. And within the persevering with mess that’s at the moment US Soccer, Jose Mourinho could be Berhalter’s substitute.
Mourinho, the present Roma supervisor, has expressed curiosity in teaching a nationwide group prior to now and is on the shortlist to helm the USMNT transferring ahead, per a report from World Soccer Talk. His boastful teaching type has endeared him to many gamers and followers and turned off simply as many. Mourinho’s resume on the membership stage is as spectacular as anybody strolling the planet. Title an enormous membership in Europe and there’s an honest likelihood Mourinho has been the group’s supervisor. He’s patrolled the sidelines at Actual Madrid, Chelsea (twice), Manchester United, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Porto in his native Portugal. Who else is on that US Soccer shortlist? Clearly, it’s not public info, however French headbutting legend Zinedine Zidane, who final coached Actual Madrid, reportedly doesn’t wish to be the group’s subsequent coach.
Berhalter isn’t teaching the USMNT in its January camp that began on Saturday and gained’t lead the group for both of its video games this week in opposition to Serbia or Colombia, the Yanks’ first since their Dec. 3 loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup. Assistant coach Anthony Hudson is in cost on an interim foundation. And with the USA’ participation within the 2024 Copa America allegedly possible, if not required by internet hosting the showcase, putting in the fitting everlasting supervisor for the subsequent World Cup cycle must occur.
Positively not a certain wager
Mourinho can be an incredible threat. Managing on the national-team stage is way completely different than a well-financed membership. There’s no such factor as shopping for expert gamers to switch any insufficient ones. Managers can groom gamers to suit their techniques and promote their methods to win video games. That’s flipped on the worldwide stage, the place hand choosing the perfect gamers eligible to symbolize their nation, then basing a system round fielding the very best lineup at any given time is the way in which to success. That’s the precise critique that left many USMNT followers indignant with Berhalter earlier than Qatar. It nonetheless is not sensible why he most popular Jesus Ferreira because the group’s striker regardless of loads of higher choices. Berhalter’s World Cup system additionally left Brenden Aaronson and Reyna on the bench to start out all 4 video games. And that’s indefensible.
The youngest Reyna allegedly mailed it in during pre-World Cup training, leading to the disgusting reaction from his parents. Berhalter didn’t out the 20-year-old Reyna for his supposed unprofessional habits with the press on a number of events, when requested about his lack of inclusion in video games. Reyna’s first post-World Cup look occurred Sunday for Borussia Dortmund and he scored a banger seven minutes after coming off the bench. If US Soccer can solely transfer ahead with the Reyna household or Berhalter, it’s somewhat sickening, however exiling Gio isn’t an choice and the USMNT can have a brand new supervisor main the squad into the 2026 World Cup.
Leveraging being co-hosts for the subsequent World Cup into world glory is a requirement to develop the game domestically. The USMNT in 1994 set the ground for what’s acceptable in a World Cup. And the USA has solely gone farther than that Spherical of 16 exit as soon as since and by no means defeated a non-CONCACAF group within the knockout levels. The American expertise pool is as deep because it’s ever been proper now, and it appears to be like to solely be rising. Making the fitting personnel choices to higher American soccer without end is on the desk. And therein lies the dilemma of who the subsequent coach of the USMNT ought to be if US Soccer strikes on from Berhalter.
The pristine view of the USMNT on the 2026 World Cup has the group coached by an American, presumably even somebody who’s been capped with the group earlier than. However what US citizen has coached on the national-team stage earlier than and it has not been with the USMNT and has the acumen to be successful? US Soccer should rent an American who’s by no means coached on the worldwide stage or a non-American who has. And Mourinho is neither, that means he ought to be ineligible for teaching the Yanks transferring ahead. Mourinho’s at all times round for a superb time, not a very long time. And that’s precisely what US Soccer doesn’t want in a brand new coach.