Columbus Crew SC has signed manager and sporting director Gregg Berhalter to a multi-year extension, the MLS club announced on Wednesday.
Berhalter, who was already signed through 2017 after the club picked up its option, guided Columbus to the MLS Cup final in his second season at the helm, with Crew SC ultimately falling to the Portland Timbers 2-1.
The 42-year-old former U.S. men's national team defender has a 29-21-19 record in two regular seasons, including a 53-point campaign in 2015 that was the club's second-best in its 20-year history.
"Extending Gregg’s contract well into the future was a critical priority for us, and that’s why we proactively approached Gregg prior to the end of the 2015 regular season," Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt said in a statement. "Our re-building efforts at Crew SC have been focused on building a sustainable culture and a highly professional way of conducting our business on and off the field. We aim for a consistent quality product, where we are in a position to make a playoff run each season. ... Our results over Gregg's first two seasons speak for themselves. Onward and upward."