Berhalter Re-Signs With Galaxy To Become Player-Assistant Coach

On Tuesday afternoon the Los Angeles Galaxy came to terms with veteran defender Greeg Berhalter and re-signed him to a one year contract. With this new signing, Berhalter became the first player in team history to serve as player and assistant coach.

“We are very excited to have re-signed Gregg Berhalter and look forward to having his experience and leadership for the upcoming season,” said Galaxy GM and Head Coach Bruce Arena in the press release.  “In addition to his role on the field, he will also be joining the club’s technical staff and will be working with our defenders and the reserve team.”

Last season the center back sat out 14 regular season games due to injuries. In the 16 games he did appear in, LA went 9-4-3 with an 11 goal differential and eight clean sheets.

At 37 years old, the risk of signing an aged professional is high. Physiologically, a person’s metabolism slows down, recovery time is greater, and injuries can be attained more easily than on a youngster. Not to mention all the injuries sustained in the 2010 campaign. However, Arena has faith in his veteran.

According to the Galaxy staff, Berhalter’s leadership and presence of mind in the back field stabilized the defense and led them to the fewest goals allowed in club history last year.

“I’m excited about the year we have ahead of us,” said Berhalter in the press release. “Looking at the nucleus of the team, a lot of it is still together and that helps when you are trying to continue on the path we’ve been on. Obviously, we fell a little short of our goals last year, but now we have another crack at it this year.”

“I want to thank Bruce for giving me that opportunity. It’s not that often that a player has both of those responsibilities so I’m excited.”

The Galaxy will kick off the 2011 season in Seattle’s Qwest Field on Tuesday, the ides of March when they take on the Sounders FC.

2 thoughts on “Berhalter Re-Signs With Galaxy To Become Player-Assistant Coach”

  1. I could see LA dropping off a cliff this year.
    Are they going to play these aging has beens ?

    Did they not see what Dallas did to them last year in the playoffs ?

    I read on that Beckham has to finish with LA because he has the rights to buy a MLS franchise for $25 million if he does. IF true he is going nowhere. That is worth a $25 million profit currently.

    Makes sense with his actions huh ? Realize you want to play elsewhere for whatever reason. Hang on and barely play for MLS team, but never leave. I wonder if LA can cut him ?

  2. Hopefully, the majority of his salary will be allocated to his coaching duties, and this will relieve LAG from the $194,000 cap hit they took for Berhalter last year. Especially needed, since Gonzalez $157,000 now counts against the cap.

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