Gregg Berhalter

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Gregg Berhalter
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Personal information
Full name Gregg Berhalter
Date of birth (1973-08-01) August 1, 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC (Head Coach)
Youth career
1991–1994 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Raleigh Flyers
1994–1996 Zwolle 37 (2)
1996–1998 Sparta Rotterdam 10 (0)
1998–2000 Cambuur Leeuwarden 56 (2)
2001–2002 Crystal Palace 19 (1)
2002–2006 Energie Cottbus 111 (9)
2006–2009 1860 Munich 73 (8)
2009–2011 Los Angeles Galaxy 52 (0)
Total 358 (22)
National team
1993 United States U20 4 (0)
1994–2006 United States 44 (0)
Teams managed
2011 Los Angeles Galaxy (assistant)
2012–2013 Hammarby IF
2013– Columbus Crew SC

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2011.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 19, 2011

Gregg Berhalter (/bərˈhɔːltər/; born August 1, 1973) is a retired American soccer player and current head coach of Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer.

Playing career[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Berhalter was born in Englewood, New Jersey and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey,[1] and was a high school teammate of Claudio Reyna at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.[2] He played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[2] In 1993, he spent the collegiate off season playing for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL.[3]


Berhalter left UNC after his junior year, signing with Dutch club Zwolle in 1994. He later played for Sparta Rotterdam and SC Cambuur Leeuwarden in the Netherlands (later they had US born executive Alex Pama also there), and with Crystal Palace in England (where he briefly played alongside Jovan Kirovski). During his time at Crystal Palace, he scored once against Bradford City.[4]

In 2002, Berhalter signed with Energie Cottbus of the German Bundesliga. He went on to make 111 league appearances with the team, captaining them to a successful promotion back to the Bundesliga. In 2006, Berhalter signed with TSV 1860 München of the 2. Bundesliga, and was named captain of the team. He stayed there for a further two and a half years, making 73 league appearances for Die Löwen.

After a 15-year career in Europe, Berhalter moved back to the United States in April 2009. He signed a contract with Major League Soccer, his first club contract in his home country. He was revealed as a Los Angeles Galaxy player on April 3, 2009.[5] In his first season with the Galaxy, their goals against were cut in half—from 61 to 30—with Berhalter being a leader in defense while successfully mentoring Omar Gonzalez to Rookie of the Year honors.

On November 14, 2009, he scored in the 103rd minute of the scoreless Western Conference final, propelling the Galaxy to a 2–0 win over the Houston Dynamo and into the 2009 MLS Cup. It was his first goal in 28 appearances with the club.[6]

In his second season, the Galaxy won the MLS Supporters Shield and further reduced their goals against to 26 for the season, a Galaxy record.

On October 12, 2011, Berhalter announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2011 MLS season.[7]


Berhalter earned his first cap for the U.S. national team on October 15, 1994, against Saudi Arabia. Berhalter played a significant role for the U.S. at the 2002 World Cup, stepping in for the injured Jeff Agoos and starting the last two games, and in doing so became the first Crystal Palace player to play in a World Cup match.

On May 25, 2006, Berhalter was added to the U.S. national team's roster for the 2006 World Cup, replacing the injured Cory Gibbs. Berhalter expressed confidence in the ability of the team in the run up to the tournament,[8] but was an unused substitute in all three group games. The U.S. was eliminated after finishing at the bottom of Group E in the first round with one draw and two defeats.

Coaching career[edit]

Hammarby IF[edit]

Following a season as Los Angeles Galaxy's assistant coach, Berhalter was named head coach for Swedish club Hammarby IF on December 12, 2011.[9] Berhalter's appointment is historic, as he is the first American to ever manage a professional soccer team in Europe.[10] Berhalter was fired on July 24, 2013 for a lack of attacking play.[11]

Columbus Crew SC[edit]

Berhalter became the Sporting Director and head coach of Columbus Crew on November 16, 2013.[12]

Coaching record[edit]

As of February 10, 2016
Team From To Length Record
G W L T GF GA GD Win %
Hammarby December 12, 2011[9] July 23, 2013[11] 1 year, 7 months 46 18 12 16 53 44 +9 39.13
Columbus Crew SC November 16, 2013[12] Present 2 years, 9 months 78 33 23 22 125 107 +18 42.31
Total 124 51 35 38 179 151 +28 41.13


Los Angeles Galaxy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bell, Jack (May 31, 2000). "SOCCER: NOTEBOOK; An American Defender Gets His Ticket Home". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Gregg Berhalter". U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Berhalter returns as Flyers face Eagles". The News & Observer. May 22, 1993. 
  4. ^ "Bradford 1-2 C Palace". BBC. December 29, 2001. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Galaxy sign veteran defender Berhalter". LA Galaxy. April 3, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Galaxy 2, Houston 0 (ot) Overtime win puts Galaxy in MLS final". LA Times. November 14, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "LA's Berhalter announces retirement after lengthy career". October 12, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Czechs and balances: US foe able, aching". The Boston Globe. June 12, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Gregg Berhalter to coach in Sweden". ESPN. Associated Press. December 12, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Shore, Phil (December 12, 2011). "Gregg Berhalter Is First American to Coach Professional Football in Europe". Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Seltzer, Greg (July 23, 2013). "American Exports: Hammarby fire Gregg Berhalter as manager, citing team's lack of attacking play". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Former Galaxy player-coach Gregg Berhalter named Columbus manager". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 

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