Fabian Otte Named Head of Goalkeeping for the U.S. Men’s National Team

Otte to Join Gregg Berhalter’s Staff from Storied German Bundesliga Club Borussia Mönchengladbach

CHICAGO (Jan. 25, 2024) – The U.S. Soccer Federation has named Fabian Otte as the head of goalkeeping for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Currently the goalkeeping coach at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Bundesliga, Otte will join the staff of USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter full time this summer pending approval of a work visa. In addition to serving as the goalkeeping coach for the USMNT, he will be responsible for developing the goalkeeping pathway through all of the Men’s Youth National Teams.

“Fabian brings a tremendous amount of experience, talent and innovation to the goalkeeper coaching position,” Berhalter said. “Not only will he be a great part of the Men’s National Team staff, he will also contribute to the development of the entire goalkeeping department within U.S. Soccer.”

Having served as the goalkeeping coach at Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2021, Otte has worked in five countries across three continents in the last 10 years. Holding a UEFA Goalkeeping A License, he previously served as the goalkeeping coach for the U-23 team of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim from 2018-20 in Germany before being hired as the Assistant Goalkeeper Coach for Burnley in the English Premier League.

“I’m very excited for the new challenge of leading the USMNT goalkeeping department on the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. With the tournament being hosted in North America, there is no greater opportunity to have an impact,” Otte said. “With great ambition and passion I hope to help evolve the training and education of the goalkeeping coaches and players across the Federation.”

Since 2017, the 33-year-old from Ochtrup, Germany has served as a coaching educator and lecturer for the German Football Association (DFB) and the Oceania Football Confederation.

Fluent in German and English, Otte graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a BS in Sports Management while having played for the men’s soccer team. He received a Masters Degree in International Marketing from the Newcastle University Business School, then earned his Doctoral Degree from German Sport University Cologne in the areas of Coaching and Sports Psychology, receiving Summa Cum Laude honors.

Go Deeper