- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

MUNICH (AP) - Former United States defender Gregg Berhalter is returning home to play in Major League Soccer after spending 15 years in Europe.

Berhalter has spent the last three years with German second-division team 1860 Munich but is free to move to the U.S. immediately after the club said Wednesday it had agreed to terminate his contract, which was set to expire June 30.

Munich said the 35-year-old Berhalter had yet to decide which MLS team to play for, but that an announcement would be made in coming days.

“The time has come to say goodbye and go back home,” Berhalter said in a statement.

Berhalter, a New Jersey native who was on the U.S. squad for the 2006 World Cup, joined Dutch team Zwolle in 1994. He also played for two other Dutch teams before joining English club Crystal Palace in 2000 and then moving to Germany and Energie Cottbus in 2002.

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