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The Berhalter-Reyna rivalry sends the USMNT into uncharted territory

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One of the biggest decisions in football history – the hiring of the men’s national team coach ahead of the 2026 World Cup, which will be played primarily in the US – was thrown into chaos by the most basic problems in football: angry parents.

Gregg Berhalter’s bizarre speech at a leadership conference about how the team handled an unhappy player during the recent World Cup, later identified as Gio Reyna, erupted into a rift between two of the country’s most prominent football families, one independent investigation into Berhalter’s behavior while in college, potential blackmail or harassment by other United States Soccer Federation personnel, and an apparent delay in determining the next USMNT manager.