Reyna set for USA return after Berhalter ‘conversation'

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Reyna set for USA return after Berhalter ‘conversation'

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 | AP | Miami

USA head coach Gregg Berhalter has held talks with midfielder Gio Reyna and the Borussia Dortmund player could return to the national side next month, US Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker said on Sunday.

Reyna and Berhalter were embroiled in an acrimonious bust-up during last year's World Cup in Qatar that led to Berhalter's future as US national team coach being thrown into doubt.

The dispute spread to involve Reyna's parents and an investigation into a 1991 altercation between Berhalter and his wife, then his girlfriend.

Berhalter, who was cleared after the federation's probe, was eventually re-hired as USA coach in June.

The coach said last month that he had yet to talk with Reyna who was injured for two US friendlies in September.

But Crocker, speaking to reporters, said the pair had now communicated.

"Of course we've had conversations with Gregg, Gregg has had conversations with Gio, and we're in a place where, as soon as Gio is fit, he'll be in the next camp and there's a way forward," Crocker said.

"I think both Gregg and Gio are in a good place to move forward. That's the best thing to say."

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