The soccer news starts with Gregg Berhalter officially introduced as the new coach of the USMNT. Berhalter discussed his plans for the team in a media event in New York, but the process to get to this point stayed front and center.
US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro offered a chronology that would be familiar to USMNT fans. The focus on the World Cup bid. The hiring of Earnie Stewart as general manager, and then the hiring process for the next USMNT coach. That included a ranking procedure that had Berhalter top of the list. US Soccer continues to receive criticism for that process, but with the new coach now officially introduced the team moves on. That's the focus for Berhalter, who now has to translate his tactics from club to country.
"How can we do more outside of camp?," Berhalter asked. "What communication can we give to players that can prepare them for the learning that’s going to take place in camp? [We’ll be] setting the stage in January for team expectations, team culture and style of play. We can get a head start by working with this group in an intensive period in January and then integrate the European players in the March camp."
The schedule is now the situation with that March window the first time he'll have the full squad together. His next opportunity will be at the end of the European season in advance of this summer's Gold Cup. Those games that count are the first test, but it's also an opportunity to show that his version of the USMNT can work.
"The idea is that we’re an attacking-based team that wants to create goal-scoring opportunities by disorganizing the opponent," Berhalter said. "We’ll do that in a number of different ways. Consistently over my time in Columbus we did it through build up, where we start the ball with the goalkeeper in the back, teams try to press us and we play it through them to create goal-scoring opportunities. We’re making the field big. Another way to do that is to use pressure. Whether we start in a mid-block or move into high pressure to force turnovers, win the ball and immediately create goal-scoring opportunities. The idea is that it’s a fluid style, the players are intent on breaking lines, playing through the opponent and creating goal-scoring opportunities.”
Berhalter also mentioned "tempo" and "mixing the rhythm", concepts that make sense but will need time and games. It's a tactical transition, something that USMNT fans have waited on since Bruce Arena left the job last year.
ESPN's Noah Davis reports from US Soccer's press conference introducing Gregg Berhalter as USMNT coach. The Washington Post's Steven Goff looks at the Berhalter hire. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald works through US Soccer's justification for taking so long to announce a new coach. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler has questions about US Soccer's process.
The Athletic's Paul Tenorio focuses on Berhalter's tactics moving from MLS to the USMNT. The NY Times' Andrew Das with USMNT GM Earnie Stewart explaining their ranking system for choosing a coach. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy on the USMNT playing possession soccer under Berhalter. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta also looks at the offense for the USMNT. US Soccer on their coaching announcement. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep has Berhalter balancing his playing and coaching experience.
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