Gregg Berhalter to coach in Sweden

Updated: December 12, 2011, 12:21 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Former Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. national team defender Gregg Berhalter has been named coach of Swedish second-division team Hammarby.

The Stockholm club said Monday that the 38-year-old Berhalter has signed a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension.

Berhalter says Hammarby, which was relegated from the top division in 2009, "has a proud tradition and is a club with great opportunities."

The team finished 11th in Sweden's second tier this year.

Berhalter has 44 international appearances and played for clubs in the Netherlands, England and Germany before joining the Galaxy in 2009, where he also served as assistant coach this year.

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