Friday, December 9, 2011
GALAXY: Is Berhalter Sweden-bound
By Scott French
Gregg Berhalter might not be on Bruce Arena's staff next season, after all.
The veteran defender, who wrapped up his playing career on the Galaxy's postseason tour of Asia and Australia, could be Swedish club Hammarby IF's next head coach.
Fotbollskanalen, a Swedish soccer website, reported that Berhalter, 38, is in final talks with the Stockholm-based club, of which Galaxy owner Anschutz Entertainment Group controls 49 percent. The website said Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo had been considered the frontrunner for the position.
Berhalter, who was part of two U.S. World Cup teams, in 2002 and 2006, and played 15 seasons in Europe before joining the Galaxy at the start of the 2009 Major League Soccer season, doubled as an assistant coach to Arena this year. He was limited by injuries to 10 league games -- and 18 first-team games of any sort -- in his final season.
Hammarby chairman Kent Hertzell told the website a decision has not yet been made but that he hoped to announce something next week. He acknowledged that Galaxy academy director Chris Klein, a former L.A. midfielder who retired following the 2010 season, had assisted in a search for a coach.
Asked if Berhalter was the choice, he said he “cannot say yes or no on any names at this time.”