United States men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter met with the media Tuesday for the first time since he was officially announced as the new coach Sunday morning.
Berhalter, as well as other dignitaries from U.S. Soccer — U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro and USMNT general manager Earnie Stewart — talked about the hiring process at a press conference in New York City. You can watch the live stream of the press conference above.
Berhalter was chosen from an extensive list of candidates cultivated during a process Cordeiro called the most inclusive and comprehensive in the program’s history. Stewart narrowed the search down to 11 candidates before further dwindling it down to five candidates, with three making the final cut.
The U.S. Soccer brass interviewed two of those candidates; the third already moved on to a different step in his soccer life by that stage, according to Stewart. Despite the prolonged search, U.S. Soccer believes it ended up with the right candidate for the position.
“We have no regrets at all,” Cordeiro said. “We got our best guy. We really couldn’t have moved any faster.”
Berhalter will start making contact with players this week. His focus will first be on domestic-based players, and he’ll be in attendance for Saturday’s MLS Cup in Atlanta. Then, he’ll make contact with the players based overseas.
The first game under Berhalter for the USMNT will be Jan. 27 against Concacaf rival Panama in Glendale, Ariz.
As for the hiring process, Berhalter noted he first had contact with U.S. Soccer about the position near the end of August.
The role of Berhalter’s brother, Jay Berhalter, as COO of U.S. Soccer was brought up throughout the search as a critical issue. Cordeiro said his brother was not a part of the coaching search in any regard.
The members of Berhalter’s coaching staff will be announced in the coming weeks, and he and Stewart have already had conversations about the topic.
Stay tuned to ProSoccerUSA. com throughout the day for more from Gregg Berhalter’s introductory press conference.