After more than a year of interim leadership, the U.S. men's national team has made a head coach hire. The hire is none other than Gregg Berhalter, who has been the expected choice for some time. Earnie Stewart and Gregg Berhalter were both a part of a 2002 World Cup roster that is considered one of the best U.S. sides ever, if not the best.
Now, they are tasked with helping a young group rise up. It will certainly be interesting to see the approach they take to secure a successful Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying campaign. There are many questions to be answered. We'll have to wait until 2019 in order to start seeing Berhalter's implementations.
One thing is for certain however. The U.S. is in good hands. You can question how adept Berhalter may be. You can question his managing and coaching acumen. One thing you can't question is his experience playing for the national team, and at a high level. There is substantial value in this. Not only is this the case with Berhalter, but also with Earnie Stewart. It is also highly likely that assistant coaches will be former U.S. standouts. Josh Wolff worked as assistant to Berhalter at his time with the Columbus Crew. Whether Wolff stays with the Crew or joins Berhalter, remains to be seen. Ultimately, there are few things better for a young national team than to have World Cup veterans coaching and mentoring them. The U.S. national team has never had an asset of that nature previously. For this, U.S. fans should be excited.