Next USMNT Head Coach Odds: Top Picks To Replace Gregg Berhalter

Next USMNT Head Coach Odds: Top Picks To Replace Gregg Berhalter
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As many expected, Gregg Berhalter was officially relieved of his duties as the manager of the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The announcement came Wednesday evening, just before the Copa America semifinal between Uruguay and Colombia in Charlotte.

Uruguay ended the Americans’ stay in the major international tournament and dashed the hope of USMNT backers at Maryland sports betting apps. The American lost 1-0 to Uruguay on July 1, eliminating the host nation in group play. With a 1-0-2 record, the U.S. became the first host nation not to make the knockout stage since Copa adopted its current format 49 years ago.

The question now becomes, who does the U.S. Soccer Federation bring on as the next men’s coach? BetMaryland.com, your source for the latest Maryland sports betting news, has put together the following odds for Berhalter’s successor.

Odds For Next USMNT Head Coach

Managerial Candidate

Odds

Implied Probability

Steve Cherundolo, LAFC Head Coach 

+400

20%

David Wagner, Former Norwich Manager

+500

16.7%

Jim Curtin, Philadelphia Union Head Coach

+700

12.5%

Wilfried Nancy, Columbus Crew Head Coach

+700

12.5%

Herve Renard, France Women's Team Manager

+1200

7.7%

Joachim Low, Former Germany Men's Team Manager

+1200

7.7%

Thierry Henry, France U-21 Men's Team Manager

+1500

6.3%

The Field

+520

16.1%

Whoever gets the job will have an unenviable task. Yes, the U.S. is already guaranteed a spot in the 2026 World Cup because it’s co-hosting the event along with Canada and Mexico. However, the team looked in complete disarray under Berhalter recently. And aside from international friendlies, there will not be any other major competition to sharpen the team over the next two years.

At Caesars Maryland Sportsbook, the United States has +3000 odds to win the 2026 World Cup. France (+550), Brazil (+650) and England (+750) are the favorites.

Is Klopp In The Cards For The USMNT?

While most Americans were sleeping on Wednesday, The Independent in Great Britain posted an article reporting that U.S. Soccer officials made overtures to Jurgen Klopp, one of the biggest names on the market. Klopp, the former Liverpool manager, stepped down from the Premier League side this summer after a nine-year run.

Landing Klopp would undoubtedly make waves across the world for the USMNT, but it also seems to have been shot down as soon as supporters could start dreaming about that scenario. The Athletic's David Ornstein reported late on Thursday, July 11 that Klopp has already "reiterated (his) intention to take a break from football" to U.S. Soccer after their first overture. Never say never, but he seems to be out of the running.

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MLS Managers With The Credentials

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If Klopp is out of the picture, then who is more likely to get the gig? The answer may be found in the ranks of MLS, where Berhalter came from (as did previous coaches including Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley).

Steve Cherundolo checks off a lot of boxes. He was a USMNT captain back and a mainstay for years at German club Hannover 96 before transitioning into a coaching career. He led Los Angeles FC to its first MLS Cup in 2022 during his first year as manager there. LAFC followed that with a second straight trip to the MLS championship, which it lost to the Columbus Crew, in 2023. LAFC also has an appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League final under Cherundolo.

Cherundolo has also previously expressed interest in coaching the national team and was an assistant for a brief time a few years ago. He might not be the home run hire that some seek, but he’s among the most qualified.

The manager who beat LAFC in the 2023 MLS Cup is Wilfried Nancy, who has had MLS success in Columbus and before that at CF Montreal. Nancy’s preferred style of play, which is more aggressive, could also win over some supporters if the federation hires the French native.

Another name to watch is Jim Curtin. He just turned 45 last month, but he has been the Philadelphia Union manager for a decade. He led the club to the 2020 Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best regular season record. The former eight-year MLS pro has also led the Union to the 2022 MLS Cup final (which it lost to LAFC) and three finals appearances in the U.S. Open Cup.

A Klopp Disciple With US Ties Is Available

If Klopp is unattainable, David Wagner might be the next best thing. Wagner, who also played a brief spell for the USMNT, is a former Klopp teammate and a close friend for decades. He coached under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund in Germany, and his aggressive style of play is modeled after what Klopp has coached.

Wagner most recently managed Norwich City in the EFL Championship, England’s second-tier league. He was fired earlier this year after the club finished sixth, losing in a playoff for a chance to join the Premier League next season.

USA Today photo by Jerome Miron

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