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US Soccer Investigating Gregg Berhalter After Report From Gio Reyna’s Mother

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The involvement of the Reynas, which was first reported on Wednesday by ESPN, was all of the more intriguing due to the tight relationship of the families, who’re known to be close friends. Berhalter and Claudio Reyna played soccer together as kids in Latest Jersey, playing for a club team coached by Claudio’s father and the highschool team at St. Benedict’s in Newark. The 2 were teammates on the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and Reyna even served as the very best man at Berhalter’s wedding, based on his biography on the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association website.

Rosalind Berhalter and Danielle Reyna were roommates and soccer teammates on the University of North Carolina.

In a press release on Wednesday, Danielle Reyna said she was the one who initially contacted Stewart on Dec. 11 concerning the bar incident, characterizing her actions as an effort to guard her son. She said she was “outraged and devastated” after Gregg Berhalter was quoted that day speaking at a leadership conference a couple of problematic player on the team who was nearly sent home through the World Cup for his poor attitude. Berhalter didn’t name the player, but it surely was widely, and appropriately, assumed to be Reyna, who featured far less within the competition than expected.

Reyna, one in every of the team’s most promising players, released a press release on Dec. 12, the day after Berhalter’s comments were reported, admitting that he had reacted poorly to being told that he would receive limited playing time in Qatar and expressing disappointment that his coach had publicized the situation.

In her statement on Wednesday, Danielle Reyna said that Berhalter’s descriptions of the bar incident “significantly minimize the abuse on the night in query,” though she didn’t provide more detail. She added that she had reached out to Stewart, a longtime friend, “in confidence” and didn’t expect that her comments to him would trigger an investigation. And he or she said she had not asked for Berhalter to be fired.

“Rosalind Berhalter was my roommate, teammate and best friend, and I supported her through the trauma that followed,” Danielle Reyna said concerning the incident. “It took an extended time for me to forgive and accept Gregg afterward, but I worked hard to offer him grace, and ultimately made each of them and their kids an enormous a part of my family’s life. I’d have wanted and expected him to offer the identical grace to Gio. That is why the present situation is so very hurtful and hard.”

Claudio Reyna, in a press release, admitted that he had individually expressed frustration through the tournament regarding his son’s playing time to Stewart and General Manager Brian McBride, whom he known as friends.

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