- Berhalter previously said he hadn’t spoken to Reyna since being re-hired
- It’s one of the final chapters in a once-in-a-generation scandal for US Soccer
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Gregg Berhalter has finally made contact with Gio Reyna, the player whose family tried to end his reign as coach of the United States in a bitter World Cup fallout last year.
United States sporting director Matt Crocker confirmed there had been contact between the two – with ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reporting that the two have met.
‘I think both Greg and Gio are in a good place to move forward,’ he was quoted as saying on Sunday.
It’s believed that Reyna will be called up to the USMNT for the upcoming camp – where the Americans will play Germany in Hartford, Connecticut and Ghana in Nashville.
In an article published last month in Vanity Fair, Berhalter admitted that he hasn’t yet spoken to Gio since he was brought back as the head coach of the USMNT.
Reports say USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter (L) and player Gio Reyna (R) have re-connected
Berhalter and Reyna were both principal characters in a major scandal inside of US Soccer
Berhalter also apologized for his handling of the situation between him and Reyna – especially for the comments he made that started it.
An entire scandal kicked off when Berhalter spoke at a conference after the World Cup had ended. At that conference, he told stories about a player who had issues before the start of the tournament.
Those comments were later revealed to be about Gio – who was upset that he was being relegated to a bench role in the tournament – and led to his parents revealing serious allegations about Berhalter from their college days.
Claudio and Danielle Reyna – longtime family friends of the Berhalters – revealed that Berhalter had kicked his now-wife Rosalind in a drunken row while they both attended the University of North Carolina.
The two reconciled months later and they have been together – without a similar incident – ever since.
However, this revelation led to an investigation into Berhalter that began as his contract had expired.
After months of a probe led by law firm Alston & Bird, Berhalter was found to have not committed any similar acts and US Soccer kept him in consideration for the USMNT job.
Following months of a coaching search, Crocker re-appointed Berhalter to his post through the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Reyna’s parents – father Claudio and mother Danielle – were upset over a lack of Gio’s play time and revealed incriminating information about a fight Gregg and his now-wife had in the 1990s
After the revelation sparked an investigation, Berhalter was brought back as manager
Berhalter had not spoken to Reyna since being re-appointed as head coach – until now
Between the start of the year and Berhalter’s appointment, B.J. Callaghan had been selected as an interim manager – a post he kept until the end of the Gold Cup.
In the aftermath of Berhalter’s re-hire, Crocker reportedly told Reyna that he would have an ‘important role’ in the team through the World Cup.
But up until now, Berhalter had not spoken to Reyna – something he said he’d do before he called the Dortmund winger back into the squad.
‘It’s not something where you just pick up the phone and say “Hey bud, here’s how it’s going to be.” There’s work to be done,’ Berhalter told Vanity Fair.
‘We both want the US to win the World Cup and be very successful,’ Berhalter said of his relationship with Reyna, ‘and now it’s figuring out a way to cooperate to do that.’
Berhalter added, ‘We started this process of how to set expectations a little and figure out how we’re going to move forward together.
‘Some of it will involve him, some of it will involve us, and eventually, hopefully, it leads towards Gio being comfortable in the team, comfortable that he’s being evaluated fairly and coached fairly and held to the same norms and standards as everybody else.’