Gregg Berhalter, at home in Germany, on Bundesliga Amis

Gregg Berhalter, who spent last week watching Americans play in the UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga, is no stranger to Germany.


He spent seven seasons as a player in Germany -- four at Energie Cottbus and three at 1860 Munich -- in an 18-year career that also took him to three clubs in the Netherlands and Crystal Palace in England as well as the LA Galaxy in MLS.

One of his teammates at 1860 Munich was Fabian Johnson, whom he scouted on Saturday when Borussia Moenchengladbach lost to Wolfsburg featuring John Brooks, and Bobby Wood was starting out as a youth player at 1860 Munich when Berhalter was finishing up his European career.

In stops at Gelsenkirchen (Schalke 04-Manchester City), Bremen (Werder Bremen-VfB Stuttgart), Moenchengladbach and Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund-Bayer Leverkusen) over five days, he was frequently asked about the Americans he came to see.

From interviews with Kicker and Bild, here are translations of what Berhalter had to say about ...

Christian Pulisic: "It's good for any team to have a player of his quality. He's very talented, with a lot of potential, and moving to Chelsea will take him to another level. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, and it's great to see that a player took the opportunity the Bundesliga gave him to advance his career. "

Fabian Johnson: "I've played with him at 1860 Munich. I know him very well. I have a lot of respect for him, for his game. He's a versatile player. Sometimes it's a gift and sometimes a curse if you have the ability to play in multiple positions. He played at left and right back in 1860. He has a wide range of abilities, which gives a coach a variety of options. Sometimes players prefer to play in one position, but when you're as flexible as Fabian, you give your coach tactical options in the game. "

John Brooks: "I met John Anthony in December here in Germany when I was in Wolfsburg. He has a great profile, a boy of that size with this passing game. We talked about a few things, which he can improve. It will be interesting to keep watching him. He has a lot of potential."



Bobby Wood: "Bobby also played in 1860. He's a boy who struggled hard in his career to achieve what he achieved, and he's a very hard-working player with ability. He does not give up, he has quality, and he tries to keep working, to perform well. "

Josh Sargent: "He has a lot of potential to become an absolute top striker. I am surprised how far along he is physically. I have now seen him for the first time and expected a young man. But he's pretty grown up. Of course, it is still very early. But he is sort of a mix of Thomas Mueller and Ulf Kirsten."

Photos: Columbus Crew SC, Susanne Huebner/Imago/Icon Sportswire

4 comments about "Gregg Berhalter, at home in Germany, on Bundesliga Amis".
  1. Wooden Ships, February 26, 2019 at 10:13 a.m.

    I’m hoping he selects all five next month, assuming they wish to be included. No reporting on Chandler, is that revealing? Also hopeful our level of team play will be higher, which is player dependent.

  2. beautiful game, February 26, 2019 at 9:18 p.m.

    So who was the coach looking at? 

  3. Craig Cummings, February 27, 2019 at 10:03 p.m.

    Wooden Ships, have you seen Josh sargent play in person? And did you know his club coach?

  4. Will Shine, February 27, 2019 at 10:55 p.m.

    Not sure if Chandler is active yet.  I think he is training with his team but not actual games.

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