Berhalter to make January debut when USMNT hosts Panama

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Gregg Berhalter will lead a team of domestic-based players onto the pitch in Arizona next month, as the new USMNT manager takes his seat in the dugout for the first time.

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Unveiled by U.S. Soccer on Tuesday, the former Columbus Crew coach will lead the USMNT against Panama on Jan. 27 in Glendale, Arizona.

Panama (and Honduras) pipped the U.S. to a World Cup spot a year ago when the Yanks lost in Trinidad and Tobago and Roman Torres was wrongly awarded a goal that did not cross a line against Honduras.

It’ll be the 20th match against Panama, with 12 wins and six draws against a single loss in the first 19.