Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, Jan. 5, 2011

Meet Gregg Berhalter, the Player-Coach

Los Angeles Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter will be going through a period of transition as his playing career draws closer to its conclusion. This week, the team named Berhalter as an assistant coach to go with his return as a defender.

“The offer that Bruce [Arena] presented was that I would transition myself into a further career and take on this player/coach type of role and it really made sense,” Berhalter told earlier this week. “This is something that I could continue doing. That kind of swayed me right there.

"The idea that I'm kind of doing double duty this way and kind of transition myself into possibly my next career.”

The defeat to FC Dallas in the 2010 Western Conference Championship made Berhalter think about leaving the game. In the end, the opportunity to come back to the field one last time proved too good to pass up.

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