The information given to the US Football Association about an incident in 1991 involving US men’s World Cup coach Gregg Berhalter and his wife Rosalind came from their college roommate Danielle Reyna, the mother of US winger Gio Reyna, she said in a statement the athlete.
Multiple sources familiar with the investigation said so the athlete that an ongoing investigation launched by US Soccer in December was prompted by information shared by Reyna’s parents. Both Claudio and Danielle Reyna made statements the athlete on Wednesday morning confirmed that a conversation Danielle had with US Soccer’s athletic director Earnie Stewart on December 11 prompted the investigation.
retainer released a statement Tuesday details the incident that happened when he was an 18-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina with Rosalind, who was his girlfriend at the time. In his statement, signed by both Gregg and Rosalind, the Berhalters wrote that during a “heated argument” that spilled out outside a local bar, “it got physical and (Gregg) kicked her in the legs.” The incident was not reported to authorities, but Gregg Berhalter sought advice and both Gregg and Rosalind told family and friends about the incident. Gregg and Rosalind, who have been married for 25 years and have four children, said they released the information because an “individual contacted US Soccer” during the last World Cup and said “they have information about me that made me ‘fall bring'”. “In an attempt to use something very personal from the past to bring about the end of my relationship with US Soccer.”
Danielle Reyna was a roommate and soccer teammate of Rosalind Berhalter at UNC.
“For the record, I called[US Soccer Director Athletics]Earnie Stewart on December 11, shortly after it was revealed that Gregg had made negative statements about my son Gio at a leadership conference,” Danielle Reyna said in a statement. “I’ve known Earnie for years and consider him a close friend. I wanted him to know that I was absolutely outraged and devastated that Gio had been put in such a terrible position, and that I felt very personally betrayed by the actions of someone my family had considered a friend for decades.
“As part of that conversation, I told Earnie that I found it particularly unfair that Gio, who had apologized for being immature about his playing time, was still being dragged through the mud when Gregg asked for forgiveness and for that had received something much worse at the same age. Without going into detail, yesterday’s comments greatly minimized the abuse on the night in question. Rosalind Berhalter was my roommate, teammate, and best friend, and I supported her through the trauma that followed. It took a long time for me to forgive Gregg and then accept him, but I worked hard to give him grace and ultimately they both and their children made a big part of my family’s life. I would have wanted and expected him to show the same mercy to Gio. That is why the current situation is so hurtful and harsh.”
Danielle Reyna’s statement continues, “At the time I called Earnie, a lot of people were trashing Gio because of Gregg’s comments on social media and I didn’t know when or if this was going to stop. I just wanted Earnie to make sure there weren’t any more unjustified attacks on my son. I thought our conversation would remain confidential and it never occurred to me at the time that anything I said could lead to an investigation. I’m not criticizing Earnie here.
“I very much applaud US Soccer’s recent efforts to address player abuse and I understand that he now had a duty to investigate what I have shared. But I want to be absolutely clear that I did not ask for Gregg’s firing, I made no threats, and I know nothing about blackmail attempts, nor have I ever had any discussions about anyone else on Gregg’s staff — I don’t know any of the others Trainer. I did not speak to anyone at US Soccer about this matter prior to December 11, and no one else in my family has spoken out to US Soccer about Gregg’s past.
“I’m sorry that this information became public and I regret having played a role in something that could reopen wounds from the past.”
Gio Reyna’s father, US soccer legend Claudio Reyna, who managed the USMNT at two World Cups, also made a statement the athlete.
“I support my wife Danielle and her testimony. I, too, was upset by Gregg’s comments about Gio after the USA were eliminated from the World Cup and I also reached out to Earnie Stewart on December 11th and asked him to stop further comments.
“While in Qatar I shared my frustration with my son’s World Cup experience with a few close friends including Earnie and Brian McBride. However, I have never threatened anyone and never would.”
Berhalter and Claudio Reyna played soccer together growing up in New Jersey. Claudio’s father, Miguel, coached their club team and the two played high school football together at St. Benedict’s in Newark, NJ. They also played together in the 2002 US World Cup squad. According to a US National Soccer Team Players Association websiteof the United States Footballers’ Union, Reyna served as best man at the Berhalters’ wedding.
In a statement released Tuesday, US Soccer said it learned of the December 11 incident with Berhalter and “immediately engaged Alston & Bird LLP to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.” The investigations are ongoing. The statement also said that during the course of the investigation, US Soccer “has learned of potentially inappropriate behavior towards several members of our workforce by individuals outside of our organization. We take such behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation into these allegations.”
A US Soccer spokesman declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
The saga adds to recent friction between the Reynas and Gregg Berhalter, which began at the World Cup.
In Qatar, Gio Reyna was disappointed in his role with the US team – he was not selected as a starter for the opening game against Wales – and did not train hard in the pre- and post-US-Wales training sessions. Reyna had several meetings with the coaching staff due to these issues, eventually apologizing to teammates for a lack of effort. He played as a substitute against England and the Netherlands in the knockout stages.
Gregg Berhalter appeared to refer to Gio Reyna’s situation without naming the player at the HOW Institute for Society’s Summit on Moral Leadership on December 6 in New York, comments that were published in a charter newsletter on December 11th. Later that day, after the comments had gone viral, Charter updated its newsletter with an editor’s note stating that Berhalter’s comments “were taken at a gathering held under Chatham House Rule and not intended for the public.” , but was wrongly given the go-ahead for publication by a representative of the organisers.”
the athlete reported that the player involved in the situation described by Berhalter was Gio Reyna, and Reyna and his agent released several statements in the hours and days that followed. First, Reyna’s agent released a statement on the matter the athlete said: “Gio obviously didn’t have the experience that someone was hoping for at the World Cup. The situation, relationships and interactions between the parties are far more complicated than previously reported. It is disappointing and disrespectful for certain parties to speak publicly about private team matters, especially when some do so without full knowledge of the facts and others do so in a self-interested manner. At this stage, we believe that turning those associated with the national team against each other is of no use and we do not plan to comment further on the matter.”
Reyna later posted on his InstagramHe acknowledged that he “lets my emotions bring out the best in me and influence my training and behavior.”
The post continued, in part, “I am disappointed that this matter continues to receive coverage (as well as some highly fictionalized versions of events) and am extremely surprised that any of the US men’s team staff would contribute. Coach Berhalter has always said that problems that arise with the team are kept “in house” so that we can focus on team unity and progress. I love my team, I love representing my country and my focus now is just to improve and grow as a football player and as a person. Going forward, I hope everyone involved in US soccer will focus only on what is in the best interest of the men’s national team so we can have great success at the 2026 World Cup.”
Berhalter’s contract with US Soccer ended on December 31, 2022. In the statement, he said he “looks forward to continuing my discussions with US Soccer about the future.” US Soccer is expected to announce on Wednesday who will lead the US men’s national team in two friendlies later this month.
Gio Reyna apologized to US teammates for his lack of effort, sources say
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https://theathletic.com/4057428/2023/01/04/gregg-berhalter-danielle-claudio-reyna-us-soccer/ Gio Reyna’s mother reported an incident involving Gregg Berhalter and his wife to US Soccer