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Gregg Berhalter on Pulisic at Chelsea, the No. 9 battle and USMNT's potential at the World Cup

  • Published on May 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Welcome to Extratime: 1v1, a new show featuring in-depth conversations with the biggest names in North American soccer! We're focusing on the World Cup this year in the buildup to Qatar 2022, and what could be a better way to kick that off than a conversation with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter?
    Andrew Wiebe sits down with Gregg to chat everything from food, to music, to the growth and potential of the current USMNT side, to his own career as a national team player. We hope you enjoy!
    0:00 - Intro
    0:15 - Gregg Berhalter’s top food destinations
    5:10 - Music and the last concert he attended
    5:58 - What Berhalter was like as a player
    7:00 - Determination to play in Europe as a player
    12:42 - Difference between the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams
    13:45 - Expectations and legacy at the World Cup
    18:30 - Thoughts on Brenden Aaronson’s ascension
    20:44 - Culture building with the USMNT and beating Mexico
    25:15 - How he’s changed as a coach from 2019 to now
    27:04 - The importance of September Camp
    29:09 - Discussing the USMNT No. 9 position
    34:12 - Berhalter’s experience of getting cut from the World Cup team and how that translates to
    39:33 - How the USMNT will approach the 26 man roster
    43:03 - What it’s like day-to-day at the World Cup
    48:29 - Why playoffs hold the key to MLS growth
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Comments • 92

  • Holy Child
    Holy Child 8 months ago +16

    Watching Andrew over the years, I am so happy with how good he has gotten at interviews. Everything flows so smoothly and he always gets unique insight from the people he interviews. Thanks Andrew, cheers from Kansas!

    • Barry Allen
      Barry Allen 8 months ago

      First 3 minutes we’re about food, made the interview awkward

    • Holy Child
      Holy Child 8 months ago +1

      @Barry Allen Very good interviewers do this frequently to ease the person they're interviewing into a conversation.

    • Andrew Wiebe
      Andrew Wiebe 8 months ago +2

      Food is to show you what lights him up off the field and get him settled in and comfortable!

  • Pollitosh
    Pollitosh 8 months ago +12

    its not everyday that I agree with berlhalter, but his take on how to improve the mls is something I do agree in and imo it is spot on

    • BeingAce's Dad
      BeingAce's Dad 8 months ago

      Now the MLS fan boys are going to label him as a mls hater because he critized the league 🤣🤣

    • Mekros41
      Mekros41 8 months ago

      @BeingAce's Dad Not at all. Love the MLS, always open to constructive criticism. Greg has some really valid points and I appreciate his input.

  • Packy8421
    Packy8421 8 months ago +1

    Not a huge fan of MLS content but this is Wiebe at his best. Great interview. Especially for such a high profile and over-interviewed subject like Gregg. He can be very cagey and formulaic in interviews and Wiebe broke him down very effectively. Great job! Thanks!

  • AntMan
    AntMan 8 months ago +3

    Great interview. I like Gregg. I believe he is a manager who is growing into his role, leading a team who are growing into theirs. I expect them to show well in Qatar, get a lot of things right, learn from inevitable mistakes... and then win it all, at home, in 2026.

  • Deebo
    Deebo 8 months ago +1

    Great interview, great questions….could tell research was done.

  • Jerseytomato
    Jerseytomato 8 months ago +1

    My introduction to Andrew…what a great interviewer!…

  • Antonio B.
    Antonio B. 8 months ago +1

    USA will do really well!
    I expect them to be 2nd on their group & probably win the 4th game. I would consider that a great accomplishment!

    • Mathias
      Mathias 8 months ago

      Delusions of grandeur

  • Maudal Musical Machines
    Maudal Musical Machines 8 months ago +22

    *Pulisic outlasted Tuchel 😁*

    • CMJames
      CMJames 8 months ago +3

      If the next manager doesn’t favour him, what will you cry about next?

    • ShrimplyTheBeast
      ShrimplyTheBeast 8 months ago +2

      Problem is Sterling and Auba are clearly better. Pulisic should drop to mid level club to get regular playing time.

    • rico po
      rico po 8 months ago

      Honestly.... it probably feels like positive news, brings hope to every offensive player on the team. What do you suppose are the odds James plays another match at CB the rest of the season?

    • Natalio Gonzalez
      Natalio Gonzalez 8 months ago

      @CMJames It’s called Favor!!

    • A l o n e
      A l o n e 8 months ago

      @ShrimplyTheBeast whatever you say black lover

  • The phenomenal pounslayer

    Wish he asked about Brooks,Long maybe the potential of bringing over Jack Harrison idk this felt like something but nothing at the same time but it was an interesting watch

  • Bob Bobberson
    Bob Bobberson 8 months ago +12

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Tuchel is finally gone 👏👏👏👏

    • Some Cheese
      Some Cheese 8 months ago +1

      So what

    • max Maxie
      max Maxie 8 months ago +2

      Pulisich out last Tuchel

    • Mathias
      Mathias 8 months ago +1

      Pulisic will still have to prove himself and get ahead of Sterling. He has had numerous opportunities, and I doubt he will be able to compete because his touches and movements have been crap for a while now -- and that isn't down to being in different positions.

    • Some Cheese
      Some Cheese 8 months ago

      Americans really think pulisick is better than sterling.

    • Mathias
      Mathias 8 months ago

      @Some Cheese not all of us Statesmen.

  • Zach Drummond
    Zach Drummond 8 months ago +24

    I thought it was a great interview Andrew. Gregg doesn't make it easy, you have to open him up a little bit and I thought you did a very good job of that.
    To the people haranguing the questions, I'd pay to see you sit down with Gregg and try to go at him. He'd tear you apart. Not to mention there's a relationship to maintain if you ever hope to get the opportunity again. I don't agree with everything he does either but he's done a good job stewarding this young team, let's see what his approach can yield for us in Qatar.

    • Juan Ruelas
      Juan Ruelas 8 months ago


    • no further west
      no further west 8 months ago +1

      Why does the setting look like a 1920's sunday school?

    • David
      David 8 months ago +1

      Exactly...if you ask him...why are you blackballing Brooks when it is obvious to everyone that he is one of our top 4 CBs, you have said in the past he has problems playing a high line but while you don't want to give away tactics its pretty clear you wouldn't play a pressing high line against a team like England or any other really high quality club unless losing 4-0 is what you want. AND THEN you never get another interview with anyone in US Soccer again and are praying they approve your press credentials for the next match.

    • Andrew Wiebe
      Andrew Wiebe 8 months ago +2

      @David I don’t cover their matches in person anymore with regularity. I don’t worry about the next ask. That takes care of itself. Press folks know if you do your job with integrity (and that also means asking tough questions). If you think he was gonna give more on Brooks now than he has before, you don’t know Gregg. I do wish I could have gotten him now after the CL started instead of two weeks ago. Lots of newsworthy stuff to dig into that wasn’t as pertinent then.

    • Skul Duggaree
      Skul Duggaree 8 months ago

      @Andrew Wiebe and you would have e gotten no where. Doesn't matter your agenda or your "next match" ideology a true professional knows different.

  • Chad North
    Chad North 8 months ago

    Great interview by Wiebe. I think Gregg has been consistent through his entire tenure - even when fans were screaming "Berhalter Out" ... what he has done with this team in the lead-up to this World Cup has been among the greatest achievements of any USMNT coach... and now the question becomes: How will people look back on the US performance in Qatar? I think this team has a belief and a spirit to it that we haven't seen since 2002... I expect quarterfinals or semi-finals for this team (or further).

  • Christiano o
    Christiano o 8 months ago +3

    take a shot every time berheltar says “yea”

  • mcadaal
    mcadaal 7 months ago

    Hey, Berhalter try a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-5-2, but not with Long.

  • Michael Buckingham
    Michael Buckingham 8 months ago

    When does he discuss Pulisic at Chelsea? It's not in the section headings. I listened to most it without hearing Pulisic and Chelsea mentioned.

  • anthony placide
    anthony placide 8 months ago +4

    Greg needs to work on set pieces with the boys. If they can't defend on set pieces and cant win area duals, We are toasted.

  • Wes
    Wes 8 months ago

    32:41 the pause is so telling. between jesus, ricardo, brandon..... um.... pefok, sargent, and wright. I think we know who 3 strikers are... last spot is up for grabs!

  • TonyTheTiger
    TonyTheTiger 8 months ago

    Lets get Touchel in here pronto!

  • Adrian Trelles
    Adrian Trelles 8 months ago +2

    they should summon folarin balogun who scores goals at stade reims instead of brandon vasquez

  • Kada
    Kada 8 months ago +1

    Great interview Weibe

  • CJ South
    CJ South 8 months ago

    Brandon Vazquez better make at minimum the September roster. He deserves at least a chance with the team.

  • PabsTabs
    PabsTabs 8 months ago +1

    How about finds a decent goalie, or recalls Tim Howard out of retirement

  • Juan Ruelas
    Juan Ruelas 8 months ago +3

    Good interview

  • Aariz Alam
    Aariz Alam 8 months ago +8

    Our team has a higher ceiling than ever before but I feel like Gregg is holding them back, especially with his loyalty to his MLS babies like Arriola, Roldan, Morris and Long ffs

    • CMJames
      CMJames 8 months ago

      You have no squad depth, in comparison to other nations. The MLS is your domestic league, what is he to do?

    • nFWAYGo
      nFWAYGo 8 months ago +4

      @CMJames lol look for more Americans around the world ? If he chooses roldan over Tillman in the World Cup than you already know he’s bias

  • chal luedde
    chal luedde 8 months ago

    Uh....He wants to go to Celta Vigo because of San Sebastian...someone should point out to him that Vigo is 7 hours from San Sebastian
    He'd actually be closer when he's in Valencia to see Musah.

  • StevenyGabby Perez
    StevenyGabby Perez 8 months ago +8

    This is what corporations consider a good interview. A robot could ask more interesting questions.

    • Skul Duggaree
      Skul Duggaree 8 months ago

      No it couldn't and if you don't know that....makes you obvious

  • Sikthkid
    Sikthkid 8 months ago +12

    Aww, it’s Gregg’s safe space. The MLS will always be his sanctuary of brown-nosers. Doesn’t rate world class players but keeps Arriola and starts Long over proven talent. Gotta love that favoritism! :)

    • Flash Delirium
      Flash Delirium 8 months ago +2

      Thank you for telling us you don't know what a World Class player is.

    • Sikthkid
      Sikthkid 8 months ago +5

      @Flash Delirium Is that you Lletget?

    • betterdays29
      betterdays29 8 months ago


    • Flash Delirium
      Flash Delirium 8 months ago

      @Sikthkid Imagine thinking the USMNT is full of, or has even one world class player, let alone one that Gregg won't play.
      We have a small handful of squad depth players at big clubs and they all play for the Natl team, we don't have world class players

    • Tokyo Kool
      Tokyo Kool 8 months ago +1

      I’m begging you to name this world class player that Gregg hasn’t called up

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  • TheNotoriousNemo
    TheNotoriousNemo 8 months ago +4

    Ggg is not a good coach, only got the job because of his brother in the federation. It's a joke and the dude is a joke

    • Mathias
      Mathias 8 months ago

      I think a lot of USMNT fans and staff will get a ride awakening in the group

    • Skul Duggaree
      Skul Duggaree 8 months ago

      And you know..ya smart...got it!

  • LegendaryKing
    LegendaryKing 8 months ago +3

    That's my GGG, 🇺🇸 Coach!!

  • Humberto Tremaria
    Humberto Tremaria 8 months ago

    Potential is: None,, nada, cero!! 3 and out!! 😂 😂

  • Andy O.
    Andy O. 8 months ago

    Greg reminds me of Mark Zuckerberg

  • Lookit This
    Lookit This 8 months ago +2

    Number 9 list is at 32:40 . I would take out Wright and add Tillman

    • Kevin Sauza
      Kevin Sauza 8 months ago +3

      Tilman don’t play #9 role a lot

    • anthony placide
      anthony placide 8 months ago

      No matter what we need Tillman.. He is dangerous and love attacking the box. Remember the worldcup is about talented individuals

    • betterdays29
      betterdays29 8 months ago

      Tillman is a wing or midfielder

  • Brice Tchamou
    Brice Tchamou 8 months ago +2

    I should play this world cup. come scout me november 17th in vegas at la galaxy tryouts

  • mero40k
    mero40k 8 months ago

    You guys are too far from the mics

  • nFWAYGo
    nFWAYGo 8 months ago +4

    Less talk about food, more talk about why undeserving mls players are occupying a roster spot.

  • C W
    C W 8 months ago +1

    These questions are butter soft. Contrast this to football media of any other country in the run up to the WC

  • Jas1 Schro
    Jas1 Schro 8 months ago

    At what point did you discuss Pulisic? I don't see it earmarked in the video and I don't have time to hear you talk about food and music.

  • Dominic Jimenez
    Dominic Jimenez 8 months ago +3

    This has to be one of the worst interviews I’ve ever seen

    • Andrew Benson
      Andrew Benson 8 months ago +2

      Why? I Thought there were some good questions.

  • Justin Stern
    Justin Stern 8 months ago +8

    So cringe

  • George Fares
    George Fares 8 months ago +5

    100% incompetent and unprofessional manager wish we don’t have to see him with our national team in Qatar