COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Crew hired former U. Norm Nixon Jersey .S. mens national team and Major League Soccer player Gregg Berhalter as their seventh head coach. The Englewood, N.J., native replaces interim coach Brian Bliss, who took over during the recently completed Crew season for the fired Robert Warzycha, who had led the team the past five years. "The Crew has a strong history of winning and a dedicated fan base, and I aim to bring a style of play that resonates with our supporters and results that will make the city proud," Berhalter said in a statement Wednesday. "I am eager to get started, and my immediate priority is to reach out to the players and share our new vision for the club as we move forward." Berhalter became the first American to manage a European professional club when he was hired by Swedens Hammarby IF. His Hammarby teams went 18-11-16 in two seasons. He was fired last summer, largely because the team had difficulty mustering goals -- a problem he will also face with the defensive-oriented Crew. He had an 18-year run as a player, including stays in the Netherlands, England and Germany and MLS. Berhalter will also oversee all player personnel decisions with the team, with Crew President Mark McCullers relinquishing his duties as general manager to focus primarily on the clubs business operations. "Greggs strong vision, passion, work ethic, intelligence, data-driven decision-making, broad soccer network and playing credentials separated him throughout this search," said Anthony Precourt, the Crews chairman. "His unique skill-set gives us great confidence in boldly changing the structure of our soccer operations, with Gregg leading as our first-ever Sporting Director." In his final season with the L.A. Galaxy in 2011, Berhalter worked under coach Bruce Arena to prepare training sessions, video analysis and scouting as the club won the MLS Cup championship. He also was on the coaching side at 1860 Munich, where he helped with scouting for the German Club from 2007-09. After playing for the University of North Carolina, Berhalter spent time with Dutch Second Division team FC Zwolle and Holland First Division clubs Sparta Rotterdam and SC Cambuur before moving on to Englands Crystal Palace FC in the Football League Championship. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup with the United States before signing with Energie Cottbus of the German Bundesliga, where he served as captain while playing from 2002-06. He switched to 1860 Munich from 2006-09 before joining the Galaxy in 2009-11, serving as vice-captain. He earned 44 caps with the U.S. mens national team. Bliss leaves the Crew after six seasons as technical director. The club went 4-4-0 with him as interim coach. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Jersey .Fucale will not only be one of the local boys, he is also a Montreal Canadiens draft pick and will have a huge cheering section when Canada opens the tournament Dec. Los Angeles Clippers Shirts .A caravan greeted the former Boston Red Sox pitcher at the airport and took him to a public park in Santo Domingo, where a crowd lined a 19-mile stretch of highway to catch a glimpse of him.Once at the park, Martinez went on stage accompanied by players David Ortiz and Robinson Cano as merengue music played and fireworks lit up the sky.Reigning champion apprentice jockey Tom Marquand has been announced as the new ambassador for the 2016 season at Goodwood Racecourse. Based with Classic-winning trainer - and Goodwood specialist - Richard Hannon, Marquands profile rocketed in 2015. In total, he rode 67 winners at a strike rate of 11% whilst accumulating over £450,000 in prize money.The jockeys remarkable achievements in 2015 did not go unnoticed outside of the sport as he was selected as one of three finalists for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, past winners including true sporting greats such as Wayne Rooney, Tom Daley and Andy Murray.Marquand spent the beginning of this year in Australia where he enjoyed a successful spell riding for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, winning on his first start on board the Shadwell colt Tashbeeh. Further success came when he rode Tashbeeh to a second win at Fllemington after a closely fought run-in with legendary Australian jockey Damien Oliver, leaving him with two wins from nine rides during his month abroad. Johnathan Motley Jersey. Since returning to the UK, Marquand has been preparing for a big season ahead with the Hannon team at Manton House. Marquand, who still has 25 more winners to ride before losing his apprentices claim, said: Im unbelievably excited to be taking up this role with Goodwood. Its one of the most iconic courses in the country and is a real jockeys favourite.The Qatar Goodwood festival, with the Sussex and the Nassau, is an obvious stand-out of the calendar - but racing there is great throughout the year and I cant wait to get down there this season. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports ' ' '