“Heart Aches for My Wife” – Gregg Berhalter, Who Was Blackmailed for Kicking His Wife 30 Years Back, Wants to Move On From the Incident

Published Jan 6, 2023 | 5:00 AM EST

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Gregg Berhalter has been in the public for the last few days. Several days ago, US Soccer reported that during the World Cup, an individual tried to contact them with sensitive information on Berhalter. US Soccer immediately started an investigation into the same.

Berhalter explained those sensitive statements in his public statement that he posted on Twitter. A few hours later Fox Sports revealed the anonymous individuals. They were none other than USMNT soccer star, Giovanni Reyna’s parents.


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Yesterday, the former USMNT head coach did an interview where he shared his views on this entire unfortunate happening.

What did Gregg Berhalter say about the entire controversy?

Yesterday, Gregg Berhalter appeared on the Harvard Business Review event. During the course of the session, Berhalter spoke about the recent controversy. He said, “It’s actually the events of that night, 31 years ago and the lessons learned from that basically set the foundation for our relationship moving forward”.


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He continued, “And it’s a loving relationship, a devoted relationship and we have four amazing, amazing kids to show for. The worst part of it for me is my heart aches for my wife. It was her story to tell, if she chose to or not and that’s what really saddens me”.

Berhalter also confirmed that he would be very interested in continuing as the USMNT’s head coach. He called the 2026 FIFA World Cup an “amazing” challenge for this young American squad. However, USMNT fans are not so sure if they want Berhalter back.

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The majority of the fans feel that Berhalter did all he could for the USMNT and they now need someone with more tactical expertise and experience to mentor the squad for the upcoming World Cup.

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However, just days ago, US Soccer unveiled Anthony Hudson as the new interim head coach of the USMNT. This decision by US Soccer angered a lot of fans considering Hudson’s prior managerial spells that were dreadful.

‘Berhalter – Reyna’ controversy briefly explained

This controversy unofficially started just before the World Cup began. Giovanni Reyna had fallen out of favor in the USMNT dugout. Berhalter questioned Reyna’s commitment to the team and informed him that he wasn’t meeting the expectations that were set. Reyna managed to get only about 50 minutes of game time during the World Cup.


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Reyna’s parents seemed to have gotten angry after the falling out. The couple then contacted US Soccer on 11 December and leaked Berhalter’s details. However, Gregg Berhalter and his wife tried to come clean to the fans about the bar fight in 1991 through their public statement. Berhalter also revealed that there was nothing to hide and he was already forgiven years ago.

However, the news that the Reyna family leaked the details took everyone by surprise.

Soccer fans fail to understand the reasoning behind Reyna’s move. Claudio Reyna also denied the claims that he threatened Berhalter during the process. Fans only fear that this incident shouldn’t jeopardize the future of young soccer star Giovanni Reyna.


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Daniel D'Cruz


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Daniel D'Cruz is a Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Planning and Experiential Marketing from St. Xavier's College, Daniel went on to have a brief stint working in the Event Industry.
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