The recent dismissal of Juergen Klinsmann and hiring of Bruce Arena as the Head Coach the U.S. National Team has caused a cascade effect in American coaching circles and Columbus Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter has been swept up in some of the speculation.
Berhalter has significant ties to Arena and the LA Galaxy. He was a player under Arena with both the national team and the LA Galaxy. He was also a player-coach during his last season, 2011, with the Galaxy. If LA is looking for someone from the Arena coaching tree, Berhalter would be on that list.
Arena is also looking to fill out his coaching staff on the national team and there has been speculation that Berhalter may have a role there given the ties between the two.
The talk prompted a question on today’s conference call with media members regarding recent Crew SC roster moves.
When Berhalter was asked about his interest in either role, he curtly replied "no comment on any of those questions."
Given the chance, Berhalter certainly didn't shut down any speculation, but he is also very guarded and exacting with his answers.
Berhalter and the team signed a multiyear contract extension in early 2016. His option for 2017 was picked up in 2015, so Berhalter is under contract for at least three additional years. It's unclear if there are any clauses that allow him to opt out for other jobs.
Team owner Anthony Precourt has been steadfast in his support of Gregg Berhalter and has given him full control over soccer operations from the first team to the Academy. It's unlikely that Precourt and the team would let Berhalter leave without a fight.
Massive Report hasn't uncovered any tangible evidence that Berhalter is being considered or considering either position, but his answer isn't going to quell the early speculation.