Reyna’s parents betrayed the American coach to the association

In response to the demotion
Reyna’s parents betrayed the American coach to the association

By Till Erdenberger

The US national coach demoted BVB professional Giovanni Reyna to an extra player ahead of the World Cup, after the tournament he went public with Reyna’s misstep. The player’s parents respond with what can be interpreted as an attempt at blackmail.

Gregg Berhalter, who coached the US national soccer team to the World Cup round of 16 in Qatar in December, made a public confession earlier this week: Aged 18, he kicked to his now wife Rosalind in the legs. during an argument. That was 31 years ago, the Berhalters have been married for over 25 years.

Berhalter, 49, later publicly told his wife: “In the fall of 1991 I met my soul mate. We had been together for four months when an incident happened that was to shape the future. of our relationship,” Berhalter wrote. “One evening, while having a drink in a bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument which continued outside. It became violent and I kicked her in the legs . There is no excuse for my actions that night. It was a shameful moment that I still regret to this day.”

The belated revelation of the former Bundesliga professional (Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich) raises questions which Berhalter himself answers in a lengthy statement: “During the World Cup, someone contacted the US FA and said that she had information that I was going to drop’.”

“…that’s how bad it was”

It is now clear that the “person” is Danielle Reyna. Reyna is the mother of US national player Giovanni Reyna, who was set to be suspended during the World Cup – and after Berhalter’s departure was publicly criticized – but without naming her name. As Berhalter reported in a speech to an executive promotion company, there was “one player” on the USA team at the World Cup “who clearly failed to live up to our expectations on and off. ground”. He and his staff “sat together for hours and discussed what to do with this player. We were ready to book him a plane ticket home, it was that bad,” he said. he declared.

Giovanni Reyna has only played a total of 52 minutes in two World Cup games. The Borussia Dortmund pro has admitted he let his emotions rule him for a few days after Berhalter offered him limited playing time ahead of the World Cup. It also influenced his training performance and behavior. “I apologized to my teammates and my coach and was forgiven.” He said he was “disappointed that this matter continues to be reported and I am extremely surprised that anyone on the United States men’s team is contributing to it.”

Giovanni Reyna’s father, Claudio, a former Bundesliga professional and USA captain himself, previously revealed he was extremely disappointed with his son’s demotion by Berhalter. “While in Qatar, I shared my frustration at my son’s World Cup experience with a number of close friends, including Earnie and Brian McBride However, I have nothing to say that threatened anyone and ever would,” he said in his statement on Wednesday.

“Do so much worse”

Danielle Reyna clarified to the association that the revelations about Berhalter’s outbreak of violence have to do with the situation surrounding her son: “I found it particularly unfair that Gio, who had apologized for his immature behavior in relation to his playing time, still dragged in the mud as Gregg sought and received forgiveness for something far worse at the same age.”

Danielle Reyna was Berhalter’s wife’s roommate at the time of the incident at the University of North Carolina. “Without going into detail, yesterday’s statements greatly understate the abuse that took place on the night in question. Rosalind Berhalter was my roommate, teammate and best friend and I supported her through the trauma.”

“It took a long time for him to forgive Gregg and accept him, but I worked hard to show him mercy and eventually made them and their children an important part of my family life. . I wished and expected him to.” Gio shows the same mercy. That’s why the current situation is so painful and tough.” However, Reyna told Fox Sports reporter Doug McIntyre that the couple never intended “for Gregg to be fired (…) We never made any threats, and we are not aware of any other type of blackmail attempt.”

decades of friendship

Last June, Berhalter reported on the relationship between the Berhalter and Reyna families in the “Gab & Juls Show”: “Our families are very close. We are very good friends, and with Gio there are times when I look and I imagine putting It’s so familiar. You’re looking at something that’s so familiar to you and it’s a great feeling. It’s almost like bringing a family member into the game. It was a lot of fun. Reyna Sr. and Berhalter have known each other for decades, playing together through youth and high school, and their respective U.S. national team careers overlapped from 1994 to 2006.

The former Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich professional claimed that he had already taken full responsibility and made no secret of his fault: “Although the authorities were never involved in this matter, I voluntarily sought advice on how to learn how to grow and improve – one of the most valuable decisions I have ever made. To this day, such behavior has not been repeated.

The American association had launched an independent investigation. We condemn “all forms of violence and take these allegations very seriously”. Berhalter’s future is unclear after his contract expires. Sporting director Earnie Stewart said on Wednesday that a new commitment as national coach after the end of the investigation could not be ruled out.

(This article was first published on Thursday, January 05, 2023.)

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