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Gregg Berhalter, a soap opera behind him, looks forward with USMNT

ST. LOUIS — In the time since he last coached a U.S. men’s national soccer team match, Gregg Berhalter found himself in a rift with a player’s parents and the subject of an investigation stemming from an incident more than 30 years ago. His contract expired. He interviewed for jobs abroad, and amid executive changes at the U.S. Soccer Federation, the prospects of returning to the U.S. sideline seemed dim at best.

A lot has happened, but nothing has changed.

“You pick right up where you left off,” Berhalter said on the eve of a low-key friendly here against Uzbekistan.