The row involves coach Gregg Berhalter and the family of national team star Gio Reyna
Berhalter (R) and Reyna are at the center of the scandal. © Ercin Erturk / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The US men’s national soccer team continues to grapple with the fallout from a domestic violence incident involving head coach Gregg Berhalter as well as claims that one of American soccer’s biggest icons, Claudio Reyna, threatened to expose information about Berhalter in a row over his son’s treatment at the World Cup in Qatar.
Reports have claimed that Claudio Reyna said he would share “allegations about Berhalter’s past” in apparent retaliation at the limited role given to his son Gio Reyna at the World Cup in November and December. Despite being tipped as among the brightest young American talents, the 20-year-old Gio featured in just two of the US team’s four games in Qatar, where they exited at the last-16 stage against the Netherlands.
Claudio Reyna has denied making threats against Berhalter, but has admitted to contacting USMNT general manager Brian McBride and sporting director Earnie Stewart during the World Cup to “share my frustrations about my son’s experience.”
Compounding matters, Berhalter took a veiled swipe at Gio Reyna after the World Cup by revealing that an unnamed player had almost been sent home from the US squad for a supposed lack of effort.
Gio Reyna later issued a social media message acknowledging that he was the player in question, but argued that he had “let my emotions get the best of me and affect my training and behavior for a few days” and had later apologized to Berhalter and the team.