Berhalter rehired as U.S. Soccer coach after controversy involving a player’s family

Gregg Berhalter has been rehired as the U.S. men’s soccer team coach despite past controversy involving a star player’s family and a decades-old domestic violence incident.

The background: Berhalter’s contract expired six months ago, prompting U.S. Soccer’s search for a new head coach.
* U.S. Soccer evaluated domestic and international candidates but ultimately chose Berhalter for his experience as both a player and head coach in a FIFA World Cup.

The investigation: Allegations of an old domestic abuse incident surfaced during Berhalter’s consideration for another term as head coach.
* An independent investigation deemed the 1992 incident involving Berhalter and his wife as “an isolated event.”
* U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone expressed trust in the findings and support for reappointing Berhalter.

Family fallout: The parents of star player Gio Reyna revealed the information about the domestic incident after being upset over Berhalter’s comments on their son’s limited playing time during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
* Berhalter hopes to repair the relationship with Gio Reyna in the coming months.

What’s next: Interim head coach B.J. Callaghan will continue to lead the team through the Concacaf Gold Cup, while Berhalter will work on “big-picture items away from the team.”

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