CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Gregg Berhalter announced that he will retire following the conclusion of this season.
The 38-year-old defender played 18 professional seasons, 15 of which were in Europe. His most memorable game came against Germany in the 2002 World Cup, when Torsten Frings stopped Berhalter's potential game-tying goal with his hand.
Berhalter made 43 appearances for the National Team, and over 300 appearances from the Netherlands, to England, to Germany during a European career lasting from 1994 to 2009. During this time, he captained both Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich. He then signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy where he will finish out his career as a player and assistant coach.
In 2010, Berhalter led the Galaxy defense to an all time best in goals allowed with 26, on the way to winning the Supporters Shield.
Berhalter says he plans to continue coaching in the future.