Gio Reyna on US roster after family tried to oust Berhalter

Wed, Mar 15, 2023
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Gio Reyna on US roster after family tried to oust Berhalter

NEW YORK (AP) - Gio Reyna, whose parents tried to oust U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter after the 20-year-old midfielder was sparingly used at the World Cup, was selected Wednesday by interim coach Anthony Hudson for CONCACAF Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador.

Reyna made two substitute appearances during the World Cup totaling 52 minutes and Berhalter later said he almost sent a player home because of lack of hustle - marks Reyna admitted were aimed at him. His parents, former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna and women's national team midfielder Daniele Egan Reyna, then complained to U.S. Soccer Federation officials and notified them of a 1992 domestic violence incident involving Daniele's college roommate and Berhalter's future wife.

The USSF commissioned a law firm to investigate, which determined Berhalter did not improperly withhold information of the incident. Hudson was appointed interim coach during the probe and will remain on until after a new USSF sporting director is hired and supervises the coach search. Berhalter is still a candidate.

U.S. captain Tyler Adams will miss the matches at the end of the month because of a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen and forward Ricardo Pepi are on the 24-man roster after Berhalter left them off of the World Cup squad. Steffen has not played for the national team for a year.

Defender Miles Robinson is back after missing the World Cup because of a torn left Achilles last May 7. He returned to Atlanta's lineup on Feb. 25, the first of three MLS matches he has played this season.

The full player pool is available for the first time since the Americans were eliminated from the World Cup with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the round of 16. Hudson said he limited selections from Major League Soccer to just Robinson because other MLS players will have to miss club matches in June and July for national team games.

Forward Daryl Dike returns for the first time since the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a hamstring injury and torn thigh muscle limited him to one first-team club match between January 2022 and November. Defender Bryan Reynolds is back for the first time since December 2021.

Taylor Booth, a 21-year-old Utrecht winger, and Auston Trusty, a 24-year-old Birmingham defender, could make debuts.

Players returning to the roster include midfielders Johnny Cordoso of Internacional and Alan Sonora of Juarez. America forward Alex Zendejas is on the roster after making his debut in the Jan. 25 exhibition win over Serbia, when most top players were unavailable. The Mexican-American said this week he has committed his international future to the U.S.

The U.S. plays at Grenada on March 24 and El Salvador three days later at Orlando, Florida.

Thirteen players who were on the World Cup roster were omitted: Adams, goalkeeper Sean Johnson; defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman; midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan; and forwards Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Josh Sargent and Haji Wright.

Holdovers from the World Cup roster - in addition to Reyna - are goalkeepers Matt Turner and Ethan Horvath; defenders Sergino Dest, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson and Joe Scally; midfielders Brenden Aaronson, Luca de la Torre, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah; and wingers Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Luton, England), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough, England), Matt Turner (Arsenal, England)

Defenders: Sergino Dest (AC Milan, Italy), Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo, Belgium), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Auston Trusty (Birmingham, England)

Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds, England), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo, Spain), Weston McKennie (Leeds, England), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Alan Sonora (Juarez, Mexico)

Forwards: Taylor Booth (Utrecht, Netherlands), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion, England), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen, Netherlands), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Tim Weah (Lille, France), Alex Zendejas (America, Mexico)

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