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Crew Name Longtime Pro Berhalter Head Coach

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 06:02 PM EST
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- The Columbus Crew have hired longtime professional player Gregg Berhalter as the team's next head coach.

Berhalter joins the Crew after a successful stint as the head coach of Sweden's Hammarby IF. His hiring for that position marked the second time an American was named manager of a European professional club.

Berhalter, who was also named the Crew's Sporting Director, played 18 professional seasons, including a three year run with MLS's L.A. Galaxy, as well as tenures with clubs in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

The 40-year-old also played for the U.S. Men's National Team, helping the squad reach the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal round.

"At the completion of a very thorough, far-reaching and diverse candidate search, Gregg Berhalter emerged as the clear choice for the Columbus Crew," Crew President Mark McCullers said.

Berhalter compiled a record of 18-11-16 in two seasons with Hammarby. He is now tasked with turning around a team that finished the 2013 season with a record of 12-17-5 under fired head coach Robert Warzycha and his interim replacement, Brian Bliss.

"I am excited about the opportunity to join one of Major League Soccer's original clubs. The Crew has a strong history of winning and a dedicated fan base, and I aim to bring a style of play that resonates with our supporters and results that will make the city proud,"

Berhalter is the Crew's seventh head coach since the team was founded in 1996.Crew Name Longtime Pro Berhalter Head Coach

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