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Over the past few months, the USMNT and their former coach have been the talks of the town. It started when the previous head coach, Gregg Berhalter, shocked the soccer world after his 20-year-old bar incident with his then-girlfriend came to light. Since then, he has been under investigation by US authorities.

While he was under the microscopic eye of the apex authorities, the USMNT was also looking for a new coach. Their hunt primarily began after information about the incident resurfaced. Moreover, his contract with the country also expired, leaving the team to interim coaches. However, it seems the hunt for their new coach is over, as they are considering Berhalter’s return. This news has left soccer fans infuriated.

Soccer fans are furious at USMNT


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Following the mayhem caused by Berhalter, the USMNT thought of moving on from the coach. The soccer federation started its hunt for the vacant position when the year started. Currently, the team is being run by interim coach B.J. Callaghan. He recently led the USMNT to the finals of the CONCACAF Nations League after beating Mexico 3-0. Likewise, they will be playing the final against Canada.

The team was linked with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Marcelo Bielsa, and Zinedine Zidane. However, nothing materialized, as they seem to return to their ex. This has left soccer fans angry, as they are slamming the federation for their decision. Netizens have once again taken over Twitter over the USMNT-Berhalter situation.


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It seems the USMNT fans don’t even want to hear Berhalter’s name. Everyone have now turned up against the federation.

It seems fans are displeased with the club’s decision as they don’t want to see Berhalter as their coach. Perhaps it is the incident that has cemented such resentment among the fans. Likewise, let’s dive in further to know more about the incident.

Gregg Berhalter and his controversial incident


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The controversy surrounding Berhalter surfaced just before the World Cup. Giovanni Reyna had fallen out of favor with the coach, who questioned his commitment and expressed disappointment in his performance. During the World Cup, Reyna was given a limited playing time of approximately 50 minutes. Reyna’s parents were reportedly upset by the situation and contacted US Soccer, leaking details about Berhalter.

It involved Berhalter allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend and current wife Rosalind in a bar in 1991. In response, Berhalter and his wife made a public statement addressing the incident, asserting that there was nothing to hide and that he had been forgiven years ago. The revelation of the Reyna family’s involvement in leaking the details came as a surprise. Some soccer fans are puzzled by Reyna’s situation, while Claudio Reyna, Giovanni’s father, denied allegations of threatening Berhalter. The incident has left a negative impact on Reyna’s promising future.


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What are your thoughts on Gregg Berhalter returning as the USMNT coach? Also, let us know your thoughts on the incident.

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Abhishek Mishra


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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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