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I agree, leaving now would be the smart move for Berhalter. Few coaches do better after 4 or 5 years than they did early on.
Connections between player and coach are important for success. As players get older or better players become available, that will necessarily strain the relation between first the older players, then the entire team. That strain will occur if the coach favors the older player (playing favorites is not generally well-accepted by the team as a whole) , or if he replaces him with a younger, better player (the players can see that as breaking trust and wonder if they might be next). It is not a situation that has an easy solution and very few coaches have walked the tightrope for more than 6 years for club or country.