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Amid U.S. Soccer's future focus, Gregg Berhalter just wants to get to work

Gregg Berhalter details what he believes the DNA of the U.S. national team should be after being introduced as the team's next head coach.
Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez explains how nepotism could have played a part in the appointment of Gregg Berhalter as USMNT coach.
With Gregg Berhalter's long-anticipated appointment as U.S. coach confirmed, the FC crew examine the challenges facing the former Columbus boss.

NEW YORK -- The focus on a Tuesday afternoon at The Glasshouses -- which is, according to its website, "a collection of technologically advanced high-rise event spaces" -- was the future. The future of the United States men's national team, to be specific.

Gregg Berhalter, whose announcement as the new head coach prompted the occasion, talked about looking ahead. "It's about moving forward and thinking about where we want to end up in 2022," he said. "How do we get there? What are the right mix...

U.S. confirms Gregg Berhalter as manager after year-long search; what does this mean for the USMNT?

With Gregg Berhalter's long-anticipated appointment as U.S. coach confirmed, the FC crew examine the challenges facing the former Columbus boss.
Gregg Berhalter's journey from defensive stalwart to USMNT head coach has been 25 years in the making.
Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.
After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low.
Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.

The search for a new head coach for the U.S. men's national team has finally reached its conclusion. It took only 13 months from the time that Bruce Arena resigned in the wake of the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Given that timeframe, one might have expected GM Earnie Stewart and the rest of the U.S. Soccer Federation hierarchy to make a big splash. Instead, the USSF chose Gregg Berhalter to be the program's 37th manager.

Berhalter was long considered the front-runner, and the...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

ARGENTINA

Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


If the World Cup started today: Pulisic, McKennie key for U.S., now and in 2022

Landon Donovan said it is "imperative" the USA men's national team qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, before hosting the 2026 competition along with Canada and Mexico.
After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low.
Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.
Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.

If the World Cup began today -- and the U.S. had qualified -- how would they line up? As Jeff Carlisle writes, there are some obvious choices, as well as others who can stake a claim.

Starting XI

How far would this team get in a World Cup?

The key words here are, "If the World Cup started today," which explains why some veterans from the last cycle are in this lineup, as well as why some youngsters aren't. To wit, Zack Steffen may yet supplant Brad Guzan as the starting keeper, but Guzan's experience gives him the nod.

Jorge Villafana is...

U.S. ends 2018 stuck in neutral with questions over manager, depth, playing style

After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low.
The United States ended 2018 with a loss to Italy on a late goal, despite a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.
The guys respond to your tweets about Italy's strikers struggling, the USMNT in 2018, PSG's defence and who would play them in a movie.

GENK, Belgium -- It might be only November, but the curtain has fallen on 2018 for the U.S. men's national team, mercifully so.

In most cases, the last few months of a World Cup year would be met with curiosity about the cycle ahead. There might even be some lingering disappointment over how the recent tournament played out.

But this was by no means a normal World Cup year for the U.S. As 2018 dawned, there was bitterness and anger over the failure to qualify, but also a glimmer of hope. There was...

Ethan Horvath makes claim to start, Reggie Cannon exposed in U.S. defeat to Italy

The United States ended 2018 with a loss to Italy on a late goal, despite a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

The final match of 2018 failed to deliver a goal, much less a win, for the United States men's national team. A heroic performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was all that saved the Americans from a humiliating loss in a game dominated by Italy at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.

Positives

Horvath's play is the only clear positive from a game in which the Americans had a paltry 26.7 percent possession and ultimately succumbed to Italy's pressure. The 23-year old made a strong case that he --...