“Who Declared St Louis the Soccer Capital of the United States?” – USMNT Boss Gregg Berhalter Faces Scathing Criticism From Fans After Astonishing Claims

Published 09/06/2023, 8:15 AM EDT

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Returning USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has faced considerable stick since his re-appointment in the summer. Berhalter led the USMNT at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. But there are several reasons for the flak he’s faced. Berhalter is a rather controversial figure for his off-field antics. Earlier this year, he was at the center of a huge controversy and was under scrutiny for reportedly kicking his wife Rosalind Berhalter in 1991.

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The incident was brought to light by the U.S. Soccer governing body by the parents of Gio Reyna. The Berhalters have been happily married for 25 years and the USMNT coach was since declared innocent. 

However, coming to recent events, Berhalter was in St.Louis where he met former St. Louis national team members and spoke about the region. In an interview as reported by media person Corey Miller on X, Berhalter was quoted saying, We’ve always viewed St. Louis as the soccer capital of the United States.”

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Fans react to Gregg Berhalter on comments about St. Louis

Fans hit out at the USMNT coach for his statement. This was all across X, as US soccer fans jumped to slate Berhalter after the video went up on the platform.

One fan stated, “I’m sorry who declared St Louis the soccer capital of the United States?”

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Another fan, while referring to how St. Louis’ MLS team St. Louis City SC was only recently formed in 2023 as a part of the MLS Western Conference said, Soccer capital? Isn’t their team in their first season?

Another fan corrected Berhalter’s statement hilariously, referencing how Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri, stating that, it’s not even the capital of its own state Gergg”

 

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While another fan, stated that he didn’t even know that St. Louis knew about soccer, stating, Lmao, no one’s ever considered STL as the soccer capital. Didn’t even know they knew about football until I heard they got an MLS team.”

One fan took a slight personal dig at Berhalter, saying I really wonder if he realizes the immense gravity of the dislike he carries every day or not.”

Another US soccer fan suggested that the USMNT “s*ck” if St. Louis is the capital, tweeting, If St. Louis is the capital then no wonder we suck.”

Yet another fan, suggested Berhalter should “retire” altogether, further calling him a “clown” by tweeting, Someone retire this clown

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A fan also reacted to how even certain people in the background were laughing, calling Berhalter a “joke” by saying, “They even laughed in the background. What a joke!

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What do you think about USMNT coach Berhalter’s comments about St. Louis? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gaurav Krishnan

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