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Wahl: Gregg Berhalter wanted by LA Galaxy

The Columbus Crew manager is favored to land the U.S. national team job

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MLS: Columbus Crew at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

While currently involved in a mad scramble to qualify for the postseason, the LA Galaxy have also been searching for a new manager. SI’s Grant Wahl has revealed the club are pursuing one of the brightest minds in American soccer: Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter.

U.S. Soccer says it hopes to have a new U.S. men’s national team coach announced by November 1, and sources say that all signs continue to point to Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter, who’s also wanted by the LA Galaxy, which will likely give him significant leverage and a choice to make.

Why not other potential candidates? Former New York Red Bulls coach and current RB Leipzig assistant Jesse Marsch, sources say, had strong disagreements with U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn back in 2011 over how the federation handled the firing of Bob Bradley and his staff–which included Marsch.

What kind of leverage? Berhalter is serving as the sporting director as well as the head coach, so you have to imagine the former Galaxy player is going to demand full control of player personnel in addition to a significant salary.