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Columbus Crew Names New Head Coach

COLUMBUS (Kelsey Mallahan) -- The Columbus Crew named their seventh head coach in club history Wednesday.

Gregg Berhalter -- former United State international, U.S. Men's National Team veteran and Major League Soccer player -- joins The Crew as head coach and sporting director.

"His unique skill-set gives us great confidence in boldly changing the structure of our soccer operations, with Gregg leading as our first-ever Sporting Director. I believe this structure will allow us to achieve a consistent winning culture and best practices that will lead to repeatable success, year-in and year-out," said Crew Chairman and Investor-Operator Anthony Precourt.

The New Jersey native takes over the position from interim head coach Brian Bliss (4W,4L,0T). The former technical director and Crew defender was instated in 2013 after the club parted ways with Robert Warzycha, who led the team for five years. Bliss is leaving the club after six seasons.

"I am excited about the opportunity to join one of Major League Soccer's original clubs. The Crew has a strong history of winning and a dedicated fan base, and I aim to bring a style of play that resonates with our supporters and results that will make the city proud," said Berhalter.

Berhalter was hired as the Head Coach of Hammarby IF in Sweden ahead of their 2012-2013 season. In two years with Hammarby IF, he posted a record of 18-11-16.

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