Former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann mentioned the fallout from the general public dispute between coach Gregg Berhalter and the household of younger star Gio Reyna is “obviously not looking good” for U.S. soccer.
Klinsmann, who coached the boys’s nationwide crew from 2011-2016, mentioned Wednesday he felt the issues between Berhalter and Reyna could have performed a task within the crew’s efficiency on the World Cup in Qatar. The U.S. superior from the group stage earlier than being eradicated with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands within the spherical of 16.
“They’ve done okay,” Klinsmann mentioned in a web-based name with journalists. “But they were not capable of kind of stepping it up there and making something happen.”
Berhalter used Reyna for simply 53 minutes on the event. The U.S. coach instructed a discussion board on Dec. 6 that he nearly despatched a participant residence for lack of effort, remarks that have been clearly about Reyna, the son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna.
The Reyna household responded by notifying the U.S. Soccer Federation that Berhalter had in 1991 kicked the girl who would later develop into his spouse, prompting the federation to fee an outdoor legislation agency for an investigation. It was additionally conducting a employees assessment of the crew’s efficiency over the four-year cycle.
“I fully acknowledge that I let my emotions get the best of me and affect my training and behavior for a few days,” Reyna mentioned. “I apologized to my teammates and coach for this, and I was told I was forgiven.”
Klinsmann mentioned the tales that emerged after the World Cup have been “sad to see” as a result of the crew had wanted full focus “to make something happen [but] it was not the case. There were issues, there were problems, and they were not able to solve those problems during the tournament.”
Klinsmann mentioned the U.S. males’s crew must be aiming for the semifinals of soccer’s largest event.
“This is the dream. This is the goal. And I think that’s where we are still quite a bit away from,” mentioned Klinsmann, who received the World Cup as a participant with Germany in 1990. He went on to teach Germany to 3rd place on the 2006 World Cup.
Klinsmann mentioned the U.S. wants the 20-year-old Reyna, “an unbelievable, talented player that showed already in a very, very early age of his career or stage of his career that he can be a difference maker.”
The previous coach additionally referred to the U.S. internet hosting the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada as “a gift from God,” and mentioned the U.S. Soccer Federation must “figure things out” within the subsequent few months.
“You want to have a team there that is capable to make it really far in the tournament,” Klinsmann mentioned. “And Giovanni Reyna definitely will be part of that team.”