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Gregg Berhalter gives first interview amid US Soccer scandal

Gregg Berhalter is ‘sad’ and his ‘heart aches for his wife’ as he gives first interview since bombshell revelation he KICKED her in 1991 row and Claudio Reyna and his wife disclosed story to US Soccer… as he admits he’d like to carry on as USMNT coach

Gregg Berhalter said Thursday he feels ‘sadness’ regarding the alleged blackmail plot by the Reyna family that led to him revealing a domestic violence incident from 31 years ago.

Berhalter said in a statement earlier this week that he was targeted by a third party who aimed to ‘take him down’ as he admitted to kicking his now wife Rosalind when he was 18 years old.

Danielle Reyna, the mother of USA player Gio Reyna, admitted Wednesday to sharing information of the incident with US officials on December 11 after Berhalter detailed at a leadership conference how an unnamed player (later confirmed as Reyna) was nearly sent home from Qatar due to not ‘meeting expectations.’

Ex-USA captain Claudio Reyna also threatened to share details of Berhalter’s past during the tournament, according to ESPN.

 ‘I think its sadness. Our entire family is saddened by these events. It’s something we wanna move forward from,’ Berhalter, who played youth and high school soccer with Claudio Reyna, told Harvard Business Review on Thursday.

‘The worst part of it for me is my heart aches for my wife. It was her story to tell.’

Berhalter also mentioned during the 30-minute chat that he would like to continue on as USA coach after the team was ousted by Holland in the round of 16 in Qatar.

‘It’s a fantastic group of players, super high potential in this group… it would be an amazing challenge for this team [competing in the 2026 World Cup in the US, Mexico and Canada]’

Berhalter’s US soccer contract expired at the end of 2022, with assistant Anthony Hudson tapped to coach the team’s January friendlies. 

At the HOW Institute for Society’s Summit on Moral Leadership in December, Berhalter called the situation regarding Reyna ‘extreme,’ as the player later acknowledged his poor behavior, with The Athletic citing sources who described a ‘pronounced’ lack of effort from the player in Qatar.

Asked Thursday if he had any regrets with how he handled the Reyna situation, Berhalter said, ‘We’re always looking to improve… if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have told that story.’

He added at another point, ‘Trust is something that takes a long time to build but can go away really quickly. 

‘You have to be consistent in who you are, and you have to have clear values. And if you are they can see that.’

 ‘My bond with the players is very strong and its about maintaining that bond. And I think the players and the staff know who I am and what I stand for.’

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