Gio Reyna assured he ‘will have an important role’ with the USMNT after Gregg Berhalter’s rehire, following World Cup scandal
- Reyna was told he’d be important for the USA’s project going into the World Cup
- This comes after a major scandal between Berhalter and the Reyna family
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Borussia Dortmund and United States men’s national team player Gio Reyna will seemingly not have to worry about his role when Gregg Berhalter re-assumes his role as manager.
Berhalter, whose comments about Reyna sparked a scandal started by Gio’s parents that centered around his assault on his now-wife Rosalind, will be returning to the head coach position within the USMNT this fall.
Reyna, who was not happy with the reduced role planned for him at the 2022 World Cup, told ESPN’s Derek Rae that US Soccer’s new sporting director, Matt Crocker, assured him he’d be a key part of the USMNT’s project for the 2026 tournament.
‘I spoke with Matt Crocker in Las Vegas after the Mexico game,’ Reyna said. ‘He said I will have an important role in the program for many years going forward.
‘My job is to keep improving on the field and to help the team win.’
Gio Reyna said that he was given assurances by sporting director Matt Crocker that he would be an important part of the men’s national team going forward in the run up to the World Cup
That came after Reyna’s fallout with head coach Gregg Berhalter, who is returning to the USA
Reyna only featured in two games in Qatar – coming off the bench both late in the match against England and at the start of the second half against Holland.
It was that lack of game 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-1990’s.
Berhalter and his now-wife Rosalind got in an altercation that saw Gregg shove her to the ground. Danielle Reyna, who first informed then-sporting director Earnie Stewart of the events, said that she heard about the incident but did not witness it herself.
Those comments led US Soccer to do an in-depth investigation into the events.
Berhalter was found to not have committed any similar incidents in the future and his name remained in the pool for potential managers in US Soccer’s coaching search. Eventually, he was re-hired to the same position.
The first matches 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 his Dortmund team fell a point short of the title – losing out to Bayern Munich on the last day of the season.
‘The end of the season was tough for everyone connected to the club,’ Reyna said. ‘We know how close we were and it was so disappointing not to get it done.
Reyna was not happy about Berhalter’s plans for a reduced role at the World Cup and the coach’s subsequent comments lead to a scandal between Berhalter and the Reyna family
Until the two meet again, Reyna will be preparing for his upcoming club season at Dortmund
‘The experience has taught us that we have the potential to win trophies and has made us all stronger as we look forward to the upcoming season.’
As a part of that preparation, Dortmund is going on an American preseason tour with games against USL Championship side San Diego Loyal in San Diego, Manchester United in Las Vegas, and Chelsea in Chicago.
Then, Dortmund starts their Bundesliga season with a match at home against Koln on August 19.
But after this upcoming season concludes, Reyna will likely be a part of an American squad that hosts the 2024 Copa America.
‘The Copa America in the U.S. will be a great experience for our team as we continue to progress,’ Reyna said.
‘We need to raise our expectations. There’s no reason we shouldn’t compete for the trophy in front of our fans in our country. That’s the mentality.’