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Soccer-Berhalter to leave role as US men’s coach-report

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gregg Berhalter will leave his role as head coach of the United States men’s team, according to a Fox Sports report on Wednesday, after a humiliating early exit on home soil at the Copa America.

The United States failed to advance from the group stage of the tournament following a shock 2-1 defeat to Panama and a crushing 1-0 loss to Uruguay that immediately cast Berhalter’s future into doubt.

U.S. Soccer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The split marks an abrupt reversal of fortunes for Berhalter, who was expected to develop the team as the United States prepares to co-host the 2026 World Cup.

Berhalter, who was initially hired in 2018, led the U.S. to the knockout stages of the World Cup in 2022 but landed in a bitter public dispute with one of the team’s brightest young stars just weeks later.

U.S. Soccer engaged in a lengthy search for a new coach as his contract expired a the end of 2022 but rehired Berhalter last June, with the full backing of the players.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Toby Davis)

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