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Just months ahead of Copa America 2024, USMNT star Gio Reyna grapples with a noticeable dip in his performance. Recently, Borussia Dortmund decided to loan him to Nottingham Forest following an extended period as a reserve player. Despite the continued struggle, USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter remains steadfast in his support for the 21-year-old and fully holds up the struggling star’s inclusion in the Copa America 2024.

The mention of Gregg Berhalter and Gio Reyna in the same statement brings to mind the 2022 World Cup controversy. This controversy arose after the 50-year-old only facilitated seven minutes of playtime for the midfielder during group stages, an action that attracted critical review among observers worldwide. However, it appears that all is well now.

Gregg Berhalter is optimistic about Gio Reyna finding his form with USMNT

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In a recent conversation on the Alexi Lalas podcast, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter addressed burgeoning concerns about Reyna’s performance. Imparting his optimistic perspectives, the ex-LA Galaxy star stated, “You know I think it is important to realize that Gio is still a young player, and he is still finding himself. He is still finding exactly who he is as a player and every player on our team is going through times when they are not thriving or it’s not going the best way for them.”

He proceeded to clarify, “And so for Gio, it’s no different. We are not panicking. We know he has a ton of talent.” The coach also effusively extolled the Nottingham Forest star for his skills. Berhalter further emphasized, “We know that he can be a game changer, and we are looking forward to the day when he is in the team each and every week and really starting to thrive and grow because we know how much quality he has and what a good player he is.”

His performance in the CONCACAF Nations will undoubtedly influence Gio Reyna’s potential participation in the Copa America League and a friendly match against Colombia. In respect to Gregg Berhalter’s perspective, there are essentially two key objectives he expects from the USMNT to achieve success in the Copa America.

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USMNT boss lays down goals for Copa America 2024

In the same podcast, the New Jersey-born elucidated how vital Copa America is for USMNT. In response to a query regarding whether a lackluster tournament run might jeopardize his position, he said, “We have to do two things. We have to learn how to beat the best in the world. And we have to learn how to thrive in knockout competition.”

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Also, Berhalter views the continental competition as a crucial platform for growth and preparation for the 2026 World Cup. It will be intriguing to observe how these dynamics will unfold during the Copa America. What are your thoughts on these? Let us know in the comments.

Read More: Why Gio Reyna’s Loan to Nottingham Forest Is A Win-Win

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Saransh Chauhan is a Senior Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. From dissecting the latest developments in soccer leagues to delving into off-court and entertainment topics, Saransh has cemented his reputation as a true all-rounder. His coverage leans towards players with exceptional dribbling skills and playmaking abilities; Ozil, Xavi, Iniesta, and Neymar for example.
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