US midfielder Giovanni Reyna’s mother has reported that head coach Greg Berhalter kicked his wife when she was a teenager.
Former US captain Claudio’s wife, Danielle Reyna, reported the incident to US Soccer on December 11.
She said it was “unfair” that “people ruined” her 20-year-old son when Barhalter did something “much worse” at the same age.
Borussia Dortmund’s Reina didn’t start for the United States during the World Cup in Qatar.
In a speech at the Leadership Summit in early December, Verhalter said the unnamed player had nearly returned home from Qatar after “failing to meet expectations on and off the field.”
Berhalter believed his comments would remain private, but after they were accidentally allowed public, Reina wrote on Instagram that his role in the tournament was “very limited” as a coach. and posted that it “influenced training and training.behavior”.
He added that he apologized to his teammates and Barhalter.
Verhalter said someone called him during the World Cup to “beat him”.
In a statement Wednesday, Daniel Reyna, a six-cap United States Women’s National Team roommate to Burhalter’s current wife Rosalind, said as she reported the incident from 1991 to United States Soccer Sports Director Arnie. “I didn’t make any threats,” he said. Stewart.
She contacted Stewart because she was “completely outraged and devastated that Gio was put in such a terrible position” and that her family had “thought of friends for decades.” I felt betrayed in a very personal way by someone.
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She also claimed that Verhalter’s statement, co-signed by Rosalind, “greatly minimized the abuse on the night in question.”
“Rosalind Berhalter was my roommate, teammate, best friend, and supported her through the trauma that followed.
“After that, it took me a long time to forgive and accept Greg, but I worked hard to give him grace, and in the end, both they and their children were a big part of my family’s life. It has come to occupy
“I would have hoped and expected him to give Gio the same grace. This is why the current situation is so hurtful and difficult.”
In Burholter’s statement, he said he kicked Rosalind’s leg during a “fierce argument” after she went drinking.
He said that Rosalind “wanted nothing” with him immediately after the incident, but they met seven months later to rebuild their relationship.
They have been together since then and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary over New Year’s weekend.
Daniel Reyna hopes that reporting the incident to Stewart will help stop the attacks on his son.
“A lot of people were blaming Gio on social media for Greg’s comments when I called Arnie. I didn’t know when or if this would stop.
“I wanted Ernie to help prevent further unjust attacks on my son.
“I knew our conversation would be kept confidential, so I had no idea at the time that what I said would lead to an investigation.”
She understands that Stewart “had an obligation to investigate,” but that she “never asked to fire Greg,” “never threatened her,” and “knew nothing of the blackmail attempt.” No,” he added.
In a subsequent statement, Claudio Reina, who played for youth teams, high school teams, and the US national team alongside Burhalter, said he supported his wife and her statement.
He added: “I, too, was offended by Greg’s comments regarding Gio after the United States was out of the World Cup and told Ernie Stewart on December 11th that he would withhold further comment. I appealed to
“While in Qatar, I shared my frustration with my son’s World Cup experience with many close friends, Ernie and Brian McBride. But I never threatened anyone.
Berhalter’s contract expires on December 31st and his position is under evaluation.
US Soccer has announced Assistant Coach Anthony Hudson will lead training camp in January.