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    Gregg Berhalter’s return as USMNT coach set for September
    • June 30, 2023

    Gregg Berhalter’s second tenure as U.S. men’s national soccer coach officially begins after the current CONCACAF Gold Cup.

    The first competitions for Berhalter will come in September with a pair of international friendlies against Asian Confederation nations Uzbekistan (Sept. 9) and Oman (Sept. 12).

    This will be the first time the U.S. has ever faced either nation.

    “We are very intentional and committed to presenting different challenges to our team during the next three years as we continue to develop the program,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Uzbekistan and Oman are first-time opponents for us and both are preparing for the AFC Asian Cup, so we expect them to be good tests.”

    The game against Uzbekistan will take place at CITYPARK in St. Louis (2:30 p.m., TNT). The meeting against Oman will be played at Allianz Field in Minnesota (5:30 p.m., TNT).

    The matches will fall on a FIFA international fixture date, meaning all players will be available for selection.

    In October, USMNT will face Germany (Oct. 14) in Connecticut and Ghana (Oct. 17) in Tennessee.

    Berhalter, whose contract had expired at the end of 2022 after the FIFA World Cup, where he led the U.S. to the Round of 16, was initially replaced by assistant and interim coach Anthony Hudson amid controversy and allegations of blackmail.

    The parents of Gio Reyna, upset with their son’s treatment and lack of playing time at the World Cup, notified the U.S. Soccer Federation of Berhalter allegedly assaulting the woman who later became his wife in 1991. An ensuing independent investigation by U.S. Soccer cleared Berhalter to be rehired as USMNT head coach June 16.

    B.J. Callaghan is currently serving as interim coach through the CONCACAF Gold Cup, taking over after stepped down a month ago. Callaghan also led the USMNT to the CONCACAF Nations League win.

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    ​ Orange County Register