USfanTV: Is Gregg Berhalter really a bad hire?

Gregg Berhalter is just about the USMNT’s new coach, but after 13 months, why not wait a little longer to find out for sure? Last night we tried to answer two basic questions: Is Berhalter actually a bad hire, as Twitter would have us believe? And, why did it take so damn long to find a guy who was, well, already here?

We also spent some time looking at Jermaine Jones’ social media meltdowns (hang in there Jermaine, seriously. You’ll get through this!) And, MLS Cup is set, with Atlanta hosting Portland. Our show ended at halftime of the excellent Sporting KC-Portland match, so we didn’t get to talk about that Sebastian Blanco goal (wow!), or the ten (!) minutes of stoppage, but that game turned out to be everything that NYRB-Atlanta wasn’t. Hopefully the final delivers, too.

Thanks for watching. We’ll be back next week with another show when Gregg Berhalter is that much closer to being named coach. We’re almost there, people!

USfanTV: Searching far and wide for the best candidates named Gregg Berhalter

The Columbus Crew take on DC United tomorrow night in the play-in round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Brought To You By Audi, and should things go badly for the yellow-and-black, we could have a USMNT coaching announcement as soon as Friday. With reports that US Soccer executives haven’t really interviewed anyone else, it seems Gregg Berhalter is a shoo-in to take over for Dave Sarachan as soon as the Crew are done.

So is this an uninspired move by US Soccer that’s doomed to bring more of the same mediocrity? Or is he the best man for the job? Maybe, it’s somewhere in between. It’s pretty clear that the search–or lack thereof–was a bungled disaster. But, that’s not Berhalter’s fault, and he deserves our support once he finally gets the job.

Give last night’s show a watch if you didn’t catch it live, and we’ll be back next week–if not sooner. See you then!

 

 

 

 

USfanTV: Go visit Portland for a Timbers match. You won’t regret it (unless you’re a Sounders fan)

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Sure, MLS gets a lot of stuff wrong. We talk about it all the time on the show. But there a few things the league does well. For starters, I got to see Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney up close on a rainy Sunday in Chicago last weekend. I don’t care that they’re both “old”–that’s still pretty cool, especially since I can’t make it to Europe to see a match more than once every couple years.  Continue reading “USfanTV: Go visit Portland for a Timbers match. You won’t regret it (unless you’re a Sounders fan)”

USfanTV: Welcome to your 20s, Mr. Pulisic

This week’s show features lots of topics involving Americans in the Bundesliga.

-Christian Pulisic turns 20, and celebrates with a Champions League goal. Is his career where you had hoped by this point?

-Weston McKinnie assists for Schalke 04 in the Champions League

-Jonathan Klinsmann is called into Die Mannschaft goalkeeper camp. What does it mean for his USMNT future?

-and, Josh Sargent may get minutes for the Werder Bremen first team.

It’s Friday afternoon. Stop working and relive the magic of last night’s USfanTV!