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Jurgen Klopp, Steve Cherundolo, Thierry Henry and the potential U.S. national team coaches the U.S. federation could target after Gregg Berhalter’s departure

GOAL takes a look at the candidates the U.S. Soccer Federation could consider to lead the men’s national team in 2026

What’s done is done. The Gregg Berhalter era is officially over. Now, the U.S. Soccer Federation must write a new chapter under a new coach as the U.S. men’s national team looks ahead to the 2026 World Cup on home soil.

Many will be excited about the possibilities of that new era, but who knows what it will look like? Much will depend on the next coaching hire, especially with so much at stake in 2026.

That’s why this position is appealing. Coaching a sleeping giant like the United States in a World Cup on home soil is a job many coaches dream of. Ego and pride will drive many candidates to the job, and each will have his or her own ideas about what can be done to put this program on the right trajectory. Depending on the candidate, the job could be a short run to a major tournament or a longer rebuild of a team — and a program — in need.

Which candidates might the United States turn to, and why might each of them be a good fit for the job? GOAL Check out.

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