Blažević resigned in October 2000 following draws against Belgium and Scotland in the first two games of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. They opened their 2002 World Cup campaign with a narrow loss to Mexico before producing a 2-1 victory over Italy in the next fixture. On November 16, 2013, it was announced that Gregg Berhalter would become the head coach as well as the first sporting director in club history.

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