Berhalter, whose USMNT contract expired after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is said to be among the candidates the Swans are considering to take over managerial duties ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.
Current Swans boss Russell Martin is reportedly on the verge of taking over Southampton FC, who will also compete in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League this season.
Berhalter remains an option for the vacancy, with several prominent USMNT players supporting his tenure that brought about a Round-of-16 trip in Qatar and two regional titles (Nations League, Gold Cup). However, an off-field controversy surrounding the family of USMNT and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gio Reyna that came to light after the World Cup has soured matters as well.
Other names that have popped up in recent weeks include Jesse Marsch, who most recently was in charge of relegation-threatened EPL side Leeds United, as well as fellow former MLS managers Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
Berhalter – who’s also managed the Columbus Crew and Swedish club Hammarby IB – is reportedly a familiar and attractive candidate for Swansea’s ownership group led by American businessmen Steve Kaplan, Jason Levien and Jake Silverstein.
The Welsh-based club have a history with former USMNT managers, having previously hired ex-Yanks boss and current Toronto FC head coach/sporting director Bob Bradley for a brief spell in 2016.
Swansea finished 10th in the 2022-23 Championship campaign and have spent the last half decade in the second division. The star player from their most recent campaign was Joël Piroe, a Dutch striker who tallied 20 times in 45 games across all competitions.
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