USA opens door for Jurgen Klopp to be next manager with official statement released

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has parted ways with Gregg Berhalter, its men's soccer coach, after nearly six years in charge - opening the door for Jurgen Klopp should the former Liverpool manager be interested in the job.

Klopp, who was clear in his plans to take a year sabbatical when he stepped away from Liverpool, has been linked with the USMNT job since their humiliating Copa America group stage exit on home soil. The German has made it clear he is a big fan of the United States as a country and, with the prospect of leading them into a home World Cup in 2026, has been touted as an ambitious potential option.

The door is now open should Klopp be keen. The USSF released an official statement on Wednesday evening confirming it has parted ways with Berhalter following a "comprehensive review". It confirmed that it is now beginning its quest of finding a new coach.

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"Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, and we have already begun our search process," USSF sporting director Matt Crocker revealed in the announcement.

The decision comes after USMNT's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay confirmed their disappointing exit from the Copa America group stage on June 2. The tournament began promisingly via a dominant 2-0 victory over Bolivia.

Tim Weah was sent off just 17 minutes into the USA's next game against Panama, however, which resulted in a 2-1 loss, and the Americans' group-stage exit was confirmed against Uruguay.

"We are deeply grateful to Gregg for his commitment the past five years to the Men's National Team and to U.S. Soccer," said 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 programme forward. We wish Gregg all the best in his future endeavours, and we know he will find success in his next coaching position."

Gregg Berhalter was fired as USMNT head coach Wednesday

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After the USA's Copa America exit, former Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard made a public plea to try and convince Klopp to take charge. He told the Daily Mail: "I believe I could make a very compelling argument to Jurgen Klopp to take over the US Men’s National Team.

"I know Klopp has only been retired a few weeks and I know he wants a break. But if we sat around his villa in Spain, I think I could lure him over here. 100 percent.

"The money is certainly there. So my pitch would be simple: he has a young group of players who can play progressive, front-foot soccer - exactly like his Liverpool teams. And in two years’ time he can go to the biggest World Cup in history.

"Plus, it’s international soccer, so there’s no need to be on the training ground every day. He doesn’t even have to worry about qualification."

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