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Ex-Palace, 1860 Munich defender Berhalter adjusting to life back in America

Gregg Berhalter has returned to the USA after spending the last couple of years in Sweden as manager of second division side Hamamrby IF.

The former Crystal Palace, Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich defender has taken the role as head coach of MLS club Columbus Crew and sat down with to discuss just how he is adjusting to being back in his homeland.

"It's been great. It's basically just been sleeping, waking-up and coming to the office. Very simple so far," he said.

Berhalter travelled from Stockholm on the weekend but admits he is still waiting for some members of family to join him in the tightknit community of Ohio.

"The first stage is me coming over, primarily. I came over with my wife and our newborn. The rest of the kids are in Stockholm," he added.

"They're going to finish in December and then they'll come over. I'm here permanently, my wife is just here looking at the city for the week."

He added: "I've always liked the sense of community that Columbus Crew has had. There are very nice people around the organization, but playing in the stadium you feel there's a community behind the team. I always liked that."

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