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Thursday, 11 July 2024 08:55

U.S. men's national soccer coach Gregg Berhalter sacked.

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Gregg Berhalter has been fired as the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team following the squad's Copa America elimination, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. 

The 50-year-old faced immense criticism after his US squad was eliminated in the group stage of the Copa America.

"We are deeply grateful to Gregg for his commitment the past five years to the men's national team and to US soccer," said United States Soccer Federation sporting director Matt Crocker.

"Gregg has earned the respect of everyone within our organisation and has played a pivotal role in bringing together a young team and moving the program forward."

Former Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the manager's job, and Crocker said the "search process" had begun.

The USA will co-host the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico.

Berhalte had two stints in charge, the first of which ended in 2022 with an investigation into his past conduct.

He was four years into the role when he admitted kicking his wife when they were teenagers.

He was investigated by US Soccer, which found it had "no legal impediment to employing him".

In his first spell the USA reached the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and won the Concacaf Nations League Gold Cup in 2021, but his second spell lasted only 14 games.

After the 1-0 defeat by Uruguay, Berhalter said he was the right person to lead the team to the 2026 World Cup.

Meanwhile Liverpool footballer Darwin Núñez was involved in an altercation with spectators after his national team Uruguay were beaten by Colombia on Wednesday evening.

The striker was seen physically confronting Colombia fans in the stands after the final whistle in the Copa America semi-final.

According to Uruguayan outlet El Pais, disorder broke out close to where friends and family members of players were located.

TV cameras and fans captured images of Núñez climbing up railings and making his way into the crowded stands of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Colombia will play Argentina in Monday's final.