The real villain of the Berhalter-Reyna saga? Gio Reyna’s nightmare soccer parents

Claudio Reina (top left) and his wife Danielle pose with their sons (bottom left to right), Jack, 9, Joa, 17 months, and Giovanni, 5, before a press conference in Newark, NJ, July 16 2008 to announce Reina's retirement from football.  (AP Photo/Mike Derer, file)
Claudio Reina (top left) and his wife Danielle pose with their sons (bottom left to right), Jack, 9, Joa, 17 months, and Giovanni, 5, before a press conference in Newark, NJ, July 16 2008 to announce Reina’s retirement from football. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, file)

If Claudio and Daniel Reina were hoping to make someone look bad when they talked about the 30-year-old attack situation, they definitely succeeded.

The Rays look terrible.

Their desire to get back at U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter for their son Gio’s lack of playing time at last year’s Men’s World Championship did have the desired effect in the short term: Berhalter’s contract was not renewed before it expired on December 31st. the football world learned about the night trainer said he “regrets to this day”.

In addition, the Reins have unwittingly lifted the veil of their own questionable behavior at best, including frequent complaining to US Soccer, “bullying” organization officials, sexism; basically stereotypical nightmarish athletic parents.

On Monday, US Soccer released the results of its investigation into Berhalter, who was fired from his job last year. They corroborate much of what Berhalter publicly acknowledged about the horrific event that happened between him and his then-girlfriend Rosalind when they were college students at the University of North Carolina.

According to the investigation, all signs point to that horrific night in 1992 when Rosalind and Gregg’s screaming fight escalated into a physical confrontation, with Rosalind hitting or scratching his face, and Gregg retaliating by pushing Rosalind to the ground and kicking her as the only such incident. between a couple. Both immediately reported the event to their parents and respective UNC football coaches, Gregg sought the help of a psychotherapist and they reconciled seven months later; they remain together today.

However, destroyed? The many years of friendship between the Reins and Berhalter and the public opinion of one of America’s greatest players. At this point, it’s unclear how Rain’s tactics affected their relationship with their adult son, and how their soap opera-level villainy could impact American football in the long run.

Claudio Reina was named to four US World Cup teams, played on three (he was injured in 1994) and captained two. He also played twice in the Olympics, retiring from football in 2008 after two seasons with the MLS New York Red Bulls, allowing him to spend his final years close to his New Jersey roots.

His relationship with Gregg Berhalter began in high school when he was a teammate. According to Claudio Reyna, after their post-college reunion, they were so close that Claudio was best man when Gregg and Rosalind got married. And Rosalind and Daniel Reyna have been friends for almost as long since they were roommates and teammates at the University of North Carolina.

But apparently there is no such rage in hell as football parents despised. Because once their kids got involved, the Reins were more than willing to set the whole thing on fire to get the Gio they thought he deserved.

Judging by the conclusions, last year’s World Cup was just the climax.

Claudio, who did not meet with the lawyers who conducted the investigation, had been in contact with US Soccer for many years. One of the federation’s representatives said that text messages would come “in the heat of the moment”, followed by calls, and Claudio was running out of steam. Examples of this include when Gio was a junior player and Claudio tried to get the federation to cancel the red card his son received because it meant Gio would have to miss the next match, and a 2019 text to Berhalter complaining about the under-17 performance of the national team. calling Rafael Vicki “the worst coach”.

A year earlier, Claudio sent an email deploring the presence of an official woman, writing: β€œCan we get real and have male referees for a game like this. This is embarrassing guys. What are we trying to prove?[e]r attention.”

Because, as we all know, the male game and the female game are so different that the female brain has no way of processing it. (For those who are not in the know, this is sarcasm. Thick sarcasm.)

Although the name in the documents has been redacted, someone from US Soccer circulated an email to Claudio about a female referee within the company, naming him “sad to see” and “not appropriate or unacceptable”.

Then there was Qatar.

When Gio didn’t play at all in the first US World Cup with Wales, both of his parents made “vague” comments to US Soccer officials about the 1992 incident between the Berhalters, and Claudio wrote to US Soccer’s athletic director Ernie Stewart: what a full and complete [expletive] tell jokes. Our family is outraged… outraged that a coach is allowed to never challenge and do whatever he wants.”

At a meeting with McBride three days later, Claudio mentioned that night 30 years ago again, allegedly saying, “Guys, you don’t even know we know about Gregg.”

Ultimately, however, it was Daniel Reyna who stopped the threats and saw the matter through. During a conversation with Stewart after the World Cup, it was she who said that Gregg “beat [expletive] from” Rosalind in college, setting everything in motion.

Since the US Soccer investigation turned up nothing more, it states that Berhalter remains a candidate for the still-vacant position he once held, though he is now considered unlikely as Stewart and McBride are no longer in the federation.

Interim USMNT coach Anthony Hudson invited Gio Reina, just 20, to a training camp in Orlando, Florida later this month ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League matches with Grenada and El Salvador, and Reina reportedly accepted.

However, Claudio and Daniel have a much more difficult road to go. While they didn’t break any rules, since US Soccer didn’t have an official policy on communication between parents and employees, that may be the least of their concerns. Their poisonous habits are now common knowledge.

“When things don’t go well for Gio, [the Reynas] turn around and go into attack mode,” Berhalter told investigators.

What started as a childish quest for revenge and exposing the wrongdoing of a supposed friend for life instead exposed Claudio and Daniel Reina as the bad guys.


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