Gio Reyna assured that he “will have an important role” with the USMNT after the rehiring of Gregg Berhalter, after the World Cup scandal
- Reyna was told it would be important to the US project heading into the World Cup.
- This comes after a huge scandal between Berhalter and the Reyna family.
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It appears that Borussia Dortmund and USA men’s national team player Gio Reyna won’t have to worry about his role when Gregg Berhalter resumes his coaching role.
Berhalter, whose comments about Reyna sparked a scandal started by Gio’s parents that centered on his assault on his now-wife Rosalind, will return to the head coaching job within the USMNT this fall.
Reyna, who was unhappy with the reduced role planned for him at the 2022 World Cup, said ESPN’s Derek Rae that the new sports director of US Soccer, Matt Crocker, assured him that he would be a key part of the USMNT project for the 2026 tournament.
“I spoke to Matt Crocker in Las Vegas after the Mexico game,” Reyna said. ‘He said that I will have an important role in the program for many years to come.
“My job is to keep improving on the pitch and help the team win.”
Gio Reyna said he was assured by athletic director Matt Crocker that he would be an important part of the men’s national team in the run-up to the World Cup.
That came after Reyna’s feud with head coach Gregg Berhalter, who is returning to the US.
Reyna only appeared in two games in Qatar, coming off the bench both late in the match against England and early in the second half against the Netherlands.
It was that lack of playing time, combined with comments Berhalter made at a press conference about an anonymous player on the team, that led Claudio and Danielle Reyna to inform US Soccer about an incident in the early 1990s.
Berhalter and his now wife Rosalind got into an altercation in which Gregg pushed her to the ground. Danielle Reyna, who was the first to inform then-sportsman Earnie Stewart of the events, said she knew about the incident but did not witness it herself.
Those comments prompted US Soccer to conduct an in-depth investigation into the events.
Berhalter was found not to have committed any similar incidents in the future, and his name remained in the pool of potential coaches in US Soccer’s coaching search. Ultimately, he was rehired in the same position.
The first games of the second Berhalter era will be in September against Uzbekistan and Oman in St. Louis and in Minneapolis.
But in the meantime, Reyna is preparing for the upcoming Bundesliga season after her Dortmund team fell within a point of the title, losing to Bayern Munich on the final day of the season.
“The end of the season was difficult for everyone associated with the club,” Reyna said. ‘We know how close we were and it was very disappointing not to make it.
Reyna was unhappy with Berhalter’s plans for a reduced role in the World Cup and the coach’s subsequent comments led to a scandal between Berhalter and the Reyna family.
Until the two meet again, Reyna will prepare for her upcoming club season in Dortmund.
“Experience has taught us that we have the potential to win trophies and it has strengthened us all for the next season.”
As part of that preparation, Dortmund will undertake a pre-season tour of the United States with matches against USL Championship side San Diego Loyal in San Diego, Manchester United in Las Vegas and Chelsea in Chicago.
Dortmund then kick off their Bundesliga season with a home game against Koln on August 19.
But after next season concludes, Reyna will likely be part of an American team that will host the 2024 Copa América.
“The America’s Cup in the US will be a great experience for our team as we continue to progress,” Reyna said.
“We need to raise our expectations. There is no reason why we should not compete for the trophy in front of our fans at home. That is the mentality.