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USMNT to have Hudson, not Berhalter, ‘oversee’ January friendlies

There will be a first-time United States men’s national team coach at the helm later this month when Anthony Hudson oversees friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Gregg Berhalter won’t retake the wheel in the future. Nor does It mean he will lead the USMNT into the future.

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Berhalter’s contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation expired on Dec. 31, but the governing body said in a press release that it is conducting a full evaluation of his tenure which has been complicated by the end of the World Cup cycle occurring so close to the end of the contract. A summer World Cup traditionally gives the federation five months until the end of a deal.

It’s also been complicated by reports this week that Berhalter kicked his wife following an argument in a bar more than three decades ago.

U.S. Soccer has scheduled a press conference for 5pm ET Wednesday. ProSoccerTalk will report what’s said from that presser in this space.

Hudson is one of Berhalter’s assistants and his staff is familiar as well. Here’s what was said In the USSF press release:

“With the ongoing investigation and U.S. Soccer’s full review of the USMNT program following the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup still underway, Hudson will be joined in Los Angeles by fellow World Cup assistant coach B.J. Callaghan and Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team head coach Mikey Varas in selecting and managing the roster for the friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

“In the past, the customary review of the past four years of the entire program following a World Cup would begin in the summer, well ahead of any year-end contract expiration. The unique November-December timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar significantly reduced the amount of time that the Federation would have to conduct a proper assessment prior to the end of the head coach’s contract.”

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