Brian McBride, the general manager of the USMNT, is out, according to sources. No exact reason has been given. The casual assumption is that it has something to do with the movie that came to light after the United States was knocked out of the World Cup.
Being the GM of a national team isn’t the same as GM’s role for club teams, and aside from finding more players with enough ties to the US to put on stars and stripes, no It’s clear what McBride could have done differently to keep his position.
However, GM has the right to hire a coach, and that coach’s performance can determine GM’s future. Usually, a GM can survive hiring a bad coach, or at least outlast.
However, it looks like McBride went out because of the situation with Gregg Berhalter and the Reyna family. However, it is not McBride who is accused of attempting to blackmail coach Berhalter, and game-time decisions rest with the coach. Berhalter’s future remains in the flow of officials looking into the case. That said, I would venture to guess that if he wasn’t allegedly the victim of a conspiracy to keep the details of a decades-long domestic violence dispute a secret due to lack of playing time for Gio ReynaBehalter has already been released.
Sources say the chances of Berhalter returning are very low and the news of McBride’s dismissal does not bode well for the coach. A complete overhaul of the USMNT’s infrastructure isn’t ideal, but if there’s time to do that, it’s time to start a World Cup cycle.
The next WC is set for North America, which means an automatic bid for the U.S., and less stress for the people who succeed McBride and probably Berhalter. Hopefully, that will help temper the shit show, but pretty much anything would be an improvement at this point.