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
, 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
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