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USA coach Gregg Berhalter reveals he was the target of a World Cup blackmail plot

US men’s national soccer team coach Gregg Berhalter has claimed he was blackmailed during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – and was forced to go public with his 1991 kicking of his wife.

The coach, whose contract expired after last month’s tournament, acted to clarify some personal information ‘that a third party used against me and my family.’

In a lengthy statement posted to his Twitter profile on Tuesday, Berhalter discussed a violent incident in 1991 involving his wife Rosalind and admitted to “kicking his legs” during an argument.

USA coach Gregg Berhalter claims he was blackmailed during the World Cup in Qatar

USA coach Gregg Berhalter claims he was blackmailed during the World Cup in Qatar

Berhalter admitted to 'kicking his wife Rosalind (left) in the legs' after an argument in 1991. The two are pictured at Munich's Oktoberfest in 2006

Berhalter admitted to ‘kicking his wife Rosalind (left) in the legs’ after an argument in 1991. The two are pictured at Munich’s Oktoberfest in 2006

“While we obviously wanted to go further into the World Cup, I am so proud and grateful for all of our players, our staff, everyone at US Soccer and all of the USMNT fans around the world who have supported us,” the post read. .

‘Our performance took a lot of hard work and extraordinary energy and commitment from those on and off the field during the years of preparation. There are so many positive examples of how our squadron came together, making so many different types of sacrifices in pursuit of our group’s shared vision.

‘I look forward to continuing my conversations with US Soccer about the future, but now is the time to publicly share some of the personal information that third parties have used against me and my family.’

Berhalter's contract with US Soccer officially expired at the end of last month after the World Cup

Berhalter’s contract with US Soccer officially expired at the end of last month after the World Cup

Berhalter, who played for the United States defense between 1994 and 2006, made the information public to his 1,003 followers on Twitter. His account has not been verified, but the statement has been confirmed by the United States Soccer Federation. The regulatory body is also conducting an investigation.

‘During the World Cup, an individual contacted US Soccer saying he had information about me that would ‘bring me down’ – an apparent effort to leverage something very personal from a long time ago to end my relationship with US Soccer ,’ the post continued.

‘This is a difficult step to take, but my wife, Rosalind, and I want to share the truth clearly and directly. This is a story that belongs to us, but we hope that there are lessons from our relationship that could be of value to others.

‘In the fall of 1991, I met my soul mate. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I first met Rosalind. There was a familiar feeling when we spoke. Rosalind was and is an incredible person – determined, empathetic, fun – and we connected immediately.

“It felt like we had known each other for years. We had been dating for four months when an incident occurred between us that would shape the future of our relationship. One night, while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I got into a heated argument that continued outside. It got physical and I kicked her in the legs.

Berhalter released a statement on his Twitter profile on Tuesday afternoon to clarify some 'personal information that third parties used against me and my family'

Berhalter released a statement on his Twitter profile on Tuesday afternoon to clarify some ‘personal information that third parties used against me and my family’

‘There are no excuses for my actions that night; It was a shameful moment and one I regret to this day.

‘At that time, I immediately apologized to Rosalind, but understandably, she wanted nothing to do with me. I told my parents, family, and friends what happened because I wanted to take full responsibility for my behavior.

‘Rosalind has also informed her parents, family and friends. Although the authorities were never involved in this matter, I voluntarily sought counseling to help learn, grow and improve – one of the most valuable decisions I’ve ever made. To date, this type of behavior has never been repeated.’

The 49-year-old New Jersey-born coach met Rosalind, also 49, at the University of North Carolina, where they both played football and began dating in 1991 before marrying eight years later. The couple lives in Lake View, Chicago and has four children.

“I feared I’d lost my soul mate, and out of the blue, seven months later, I got a call from Rosalind asking if we could speak in person. We met and discussed how we grew and decided to rebuild our relationship,” continued Berhalter in his statement.

“Rosalind shared that her family supported this decision, and in looking back on what had happened, we both realized that our love, trust and respect for each other was stronger than the incident that occurred months before.

‘Since then Rosalind and I have lived together in five different countries, three different states and have met and remain friends with many wonderful people from all over the world. All of these people testify to the strong relationship we have and the loving family we have built together.

Berhalter and his wife embrace after the U.S. exit from the World Cup on Dec.

Berhalter and his wife embrace after the U.S. exit from the World Cup on Dec.

“The lessons learned that night more than three decades ago became the foundation for a loving, devoted and supportive relationship, which we honor and celebrate with our 25th wedding anniversary this past weekend.

‘I’m sharing this story after 31 years because it’s important to understand that it was an event that shaped me, not defined me. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event over three decades ago and a terrible decision made at a bad time by an 18-year-old. Rosalind and I have been on an incredible journey together.

‘We raised four wonderful children, who are aware of what happened.

‘We are very proud of our marriage, our relationship, the family we’ve built and the people we’ve become.

‘As a team, we emphasize accountability, honesty and growth. These aren’t just principles we instill in the team; it’s how i live my life. The foundation of any good team is using the past as an opportunity to learn and improve.

‘People can make mistakes and learn from them; people can also be forgiven for their mistakes. Fortunately, Rosalind forgave me. The intent of this statement is to provide transparency and reinforce that a single bad decision made by a teenager does not necessarily define them for the rest of their life. Let’s not hide from it. We didn’t do it then, and we won’t do it now.

‘This is our story. We cooperate fully with US Soccer’s investigation into this matter, and while we’d rather not talk about something so personal from so long ago in a public forum, we’re taking this opportunity to share what shaped us and how much we’ve grown and learned from it. last 31 years. Thanks.

“Rosalind and Gregg Berhalter.”

Berhalter led USMNT to the round of 16 of the World Cup, but fell to the Netherlands

Berhalter led USMNT to the round of 16 of the World Cup, but fell to the Netherlands

While Berhalter’s future with Team USA remains unknown, US Soccer is still evaluating his performance in Qatar with a view to choosing a coach to lead the men’s team into the 2026 North American World Cup.

A statement on Tuesday afternoon read: ‘Upon learning of the allegation against USA Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter on December 11, 2022, US Soccer has immediately engaged Alston & Bird LLP to conduct an independent investigation into the subject. The investigation is being led by Jenny Kramer, BJay Pak and Chris Marquardt of Alston & Bird LLP and remains ongoing.

‘Through this process, US Soccer learned of potential inappropriate behavior towards various members of our team by individuals outside of our organization.

“We take this behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include these allegations.

“We appreciate Gregg and Rosalind coming forward to speak openly about this incident. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we will share the results of the investigation publicly when it is complete. US Soccer condemns any form of violence and takes these allegations very seriously.

‘Last month, US Soccer released a complete technical overhaul of our Men’s National Team Program. With the review and investigation ongoing, US Soccer will announce who will lead the January men’s national team in the coming days. We look forward to building on the performance in Qatar and preparing for the journey to 2026.’

Berhalter took charge of USMNT in 2018 after starting his coaching career with LA Galaxy in 2011. He worked with Hammarby IF in Sweden and MLS side Columbus Crew SC before making the switch to international football.

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