After Jurgen Klopp shunned the USMNT, who could replace Berhalter?

After Jurgen Klopp rejected the United States' attempts to take over the men's national team job, now comes the time for US Soccer to consider their 'Plan B' options.

With the recent firing of Gregg Berhalter as manager of the USMNT, rampant speculation has begun over who will be replacing him.

US Soccer technical director Matt Crocker told reporters he's looking for a 'serial winning coach' with the hopes to have a full-time replacement by the September international window.

Klopp may have been the federations 'one that got away', but there are plenty of other options on the market - both American and non-American - who could perfectly fit the needs of the USMNT.

Here, takes a look at seven possible replacements for the top job within the US men's national team.

With the firing of US coach Gregg Berhalter, speculation about his replacement has run wild

Jurgen Klopp has rejected an approach by US Soccer to take over the national team job 

Jesse Marsch, 50, Canada men's national team

After leading Canada to the Copa America semifinals, many were left wondering how it was at all possible that Berhalter was picked over Jesse Marsch.

Marsch was able to work with a talented collective and guided them to success - something he could have done with the USA after he interviewed for the job with Matt Crocker.

Crocker could always decide to open his checkbook and outspend Canada for the former Leeds United manager, but there are doubts that would be fruitful. After all, it's been just two months since Marsch took over the job and there aren't any indications that he'd be ready to leave just yet.

After only coaching Canada for two months, could Jesse Marsch jump ship for the USA?

Herve Renard, 55, France women's national team

Renard is an accomplished international manager and has shown in the past that he can take talented groups to levels beyond their imagination.

He won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia in his second attempt, led Morocco in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and in the 2022 World Cup guided Saudi Arabia to a famous upset over eventual winners Argentina.

Renard is currently with the France women's national team - where he led his home nation to the quarterfinals before losing on penalties to host nation Australia.

The one possible setback is that he has no experience coaching in the United States and he's not American. Normally, that wouldn't be a huge issue, but consider the USMNT hasn't had a non-American coaching the team full-time since Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016.

Herve Renard might be a perfect fit for the US if they want to break their American streak

Steve Cherundolo, 45, Los Angeles FC

The first of two MLS managers on this list, Cherundolo has been highly successful since taking the job at LAFC.

In the three years he's been coaching in Major League Soccer, he's reached the MLS Cup Final twice and won the 2022 title as well as the Supporters Shield.

He also carries with him plenty of coaching experience in the minor ranks. After retiring following his 400+ appearances with Bundesliga side Hannover 96, he joined as an assistant coach for their youth team. He later was an assistant at VfB Stuttgart.

What may be holding Cherundolo back from this job is his lack of experience as a head coach. In addition to his three years in Los Angeles, he only has one season as the manager of Las Vegas Lights FC of the second-division USL Championship.

Plus, it appears that Cherundolo is content coaching one of the best teams in MLS and might not be so willing to leave a project midway through the season as he tries to win the Western Conference for a third time in a row.

Steve Cherundolo is in the midst of trying to win his third straight Western Conference title

Pellegrino Matarazzo, 46, Hoffenheim

One of the most underrated American managers in football, Pellegrino Matarazzo has been coaching in Germany for a number of years - learning from one of the best managers in the game in Julian Nagelsmann.

He took his first managerial job at Stuttgart before returning to Hoffenheim and guiding a team that finished 12th in the Bundesliga last season back into playing European football for the 2024-25 season.

And that's why he might not take the USMNT job if he's asked. It'd be hard for Matarazzo to leave the project he's started at the club where he had such formative years.

But the New Jersey native coaches a very attractive style of football and deserves to be considered for the job.

Pellegrino Matarazzo might be the best American coaching prospect in world football

Wilfried Nancy, 47, Columbus Crew

In just his first season with Columbus, Wilfried Nancy led the Crew to a title and made his way to the finals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup in this current season.

The one setback that might completely end his campaign for the job is his lack of managing outside of North America. He managed the academy for the Montreal Impact, later becoming their manager when they re-branded as CF Montreal.

But in addition to his time with Columbus, that's all he has for top flight coaching experience - which could harm his chances. 

Nancy does play football that's pretty on the eye, but even Berhalter spent time in Sweden before coaching the USMNT.

Could a lack of international experience sink Wilfried Nancy's chance to coach the US?

Mauricio Pochettino, 52, unattached

Outside of Klopp, Pochettino is arguably the biggest name manager on the free agent market, which is why he lands on this list.

His coaching resume speaks volumes. He reached the final of the Champions League in 2019, and has coached at the highest level of European football having won over 300 games for teams in Spain, England, and France.

Pochettino's name is also very flashy and well-known, which could inject life back in the USMNT fanbase after such a divisive decision to re-hire Berhalter before his eventual firing yesterday.

There's only one question worth asking: does Pochettino want to jump into international management?

If he does, there are few jobs better suited for him than the United States. But it's also likely that he could find himself coaching in the club ranks again come January or February if he wants to stick around. Either way, the question is worth asking him. 

Mauricio Pochettino is arguably the biggest coaching free agent on the market right now

Gareth Southgate, 53, England men's national team

Arguably the most controversial selection for this list, Gareth Southgate is in the midst of taking England to their second-straight European Championship final.

He's been under fire for his tactics, substitutions, and his style of play - almost a mirror image of what Berhalter has gone through in his time in charge.

But what can't be denied is that Southgate's level of success in taking his England side to the semifinals of two World Cups and the finals of two Euros - with the chance of winning the Three Lions their first silverware since 1966.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons why Southgate wouldn't take this job. Maybe a title would finally make him happy with England and he'd want to continue managing there. Maybe US Soccer wouldn't be willing to shell out the multiple millions of dollars they'd have to pay the FA to get him out of his contract (and then millions more to pay Southgate an attractive salary).

But Southgate has also been on the job for England for eight years. Maybe it's time for a change of scenery, and where better to go than to the United States to team up once again with Matt Crocker. 

Gareth Southgate's time in charge of England has seen two semifinals and two finals


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