New US Soccer coach Berhalter to debut in Glendale Jan. 27

Gregg Berhalter, the recently-named head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, speak at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4, in New York. Berhalter will make his coaching debut in Glendale during an exhibition against Glendale at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium. [AP Photo/Mark Lennihan]

New coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, Gregg Berhalter, will make his coaching debut in Glendale next month.

Berhalter’s debut game will be an exhibition against Panama at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Berhalter, the first person to run the Americans after playing for them at the World Cup, says he inherits a U.S. soccer team “with potential,” one that needs “direction” and “development” after missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1980s.

Berhalter, who spent the past five seasons as coach of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, was introduced Tuesday and takes over an underachieving U.S. team in transition. Interim coach Dave Sarachan took over when Bruce Arena quit and gave debuts to 23 players in 14 months. Berhalter was named the men’s national team coach Sunday, Nov. 4.

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Editor’s note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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