Fresh off of his Major League Soccer retirement, Gregg Berhalter will be back to the work grind as the former Los Angeles Galaxy defender was announced as the new manager of Swedish club Hammarby on Monday.

Berhalter is set to step in for interim boss Roger Sandberg, who was the helm of the club for the final ten games of last season's 11th-place finish in the Swedish second division. Sandberg will stay on as Berhalter's assistant.

"I look at the great tradition Hammarby has and I look at the possibilities here," Berhalter told Hammarby TV. "For me, it's a great stepping stone. It's a great place to express my ideas and to get a team moving in the direction I see fit."

It will be the first head coaching job for Berhalter, who also served as Bruce Arena's assistant coach in his final season with the Galaxy.

"It was a great experience, under arguably the most regarded U.S. coach in history, Bruce Arena," he added. "It's been a great learning experience."

Hammarby is minority-owned by AEG, which also owns the L.A. Galaxy.