Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Berhalter's 'unique skill set' wins over Crew
by Paul Kennedy, November 6th, 2013 4:08PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  columbus crew

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Columbus Crew has named Gregg Berhalter as head coach and sporting director, giving him full control of the technical side of the club. The former U.S. World Cup defender had most recently been the head coach of Swedish second division club Hammarby, owned by AEG.

The move means that Brian Bliss, the club's technical director and interim head coach following the departure of Robert Warzycha, is out.

Crew chairman and owner-operator Anthony Precourt, who purchased the Crew over the summer, said Berhalter emerged as the clear choice during an extensive search process.

“Gregg's strong vision, passion, work ethic, intelligence, data-driven decision making, broad soccer network and playing credentials separated him throughout this search," said Precourt in a statement. "His unique skill set gives us great confidence in boldly changing the structure of our soccer operations, with Gregg leading as our first-ever sporting director. I believe this structure will allow us to achieve a consistent winning culture and best practices that will lead to repeatable success, year in and year out. Gregg has been a winner and a leader at every level, and will fit in well with the Crew as a team of firsts."

The move follows the decision by the Chicago Fire to hand Frank Yallop control of its soccer operations. Sporting Kansas City (Peter Vermes), the LA Galaxy (Bruce Arena) and Philadelphia (John Hackworth) have similar structures with their coaches carrying the titles of manager.

It was at the Galaxy that Berhalter finished his MLS career as a player-assistant coach. He is credited with helping Omar Gonzalez become of the top defenders in MLS. The Galaxy was his only stop in MLS after 15 years in Europe with six clubs.

Berhalter said he was impressed with the energy that Precourt, a young San Francisco-based energy investor, had brought to the Crew.

“I've been lucky enough to play against the Crew and play in Crew Stadium with the national team, and it's an amazing environment,” Berhalter said in a national conference call. “It's an environment that's very pro-the home team. It's special to play in.”


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Dwight Yorke    
"I couldn't quite believe what was happening. I have lost count of the number of times ...
U.S. Abroad: Brooks' Hertha holds Bayern    
John Brooks' Hertha Berlin was seconds away from beating Bayern Munich when Robert Lewandowski scored to ...
USA loses opener of U-20 World Cup qualifying     
The USA's qualifying campaign for the 2017 U-20 World Cup started poorly when it fell, 1-0, ...
USL: John Harkes is fired as FC Cincinnati coach    
FC Cincinnati is one the feel-good stories of recent years, a team that caught fire in ...
What They're Saying: Jakson Follmann    
"It's not for me to stay stuck in a corner, sad and begging for my leg, ...
MLS Focus: Homegrown players face stiff competition    
The 2017 season marks the 10th year of MLS's Homegrown program. Two rookies -- Ian Harkes ...
Datebook: D.C. United to hold groundbreaking on Feb. 27    
D.C. United will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for 20,000-seat Audi Field on Feb. 27 after it ...
MLS Moves: Stertzer parlays trial into NYCFC contract    
Known more for blockbuster deals rather than shrewd signings of role players, New York City FC ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"Thank you for the 2 most successful seasons in club history. Don't let the door hit ...
MLS Preseason: Revs encouraged by Kouassi's brief debut    
A long, long wait for Xavier Kouassi ended Wednesday when he started and played 17 minutes ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives