The midfielder is back with the U.S, albeit in a limited capacity, and all eyes are on how he rebuilds his relationship with the returning head coach.
It was the one name everyone was looking for in the United States men’s national team squad. At 11 a.m. on the East coast, U.S. Soccer unveiled the list of 23 players called in for the upcoming matches against Germany and Ghana but, fairly or unfairly, all eyes will be on one of those players and the coach he will once again be playing under.
Gregg Berhalter’s roster is out, Gio Reyna is on it, and, now, finally, all of these months later, all involved can begin to heal.
It’s been the U.S. men’s national team story of 2023. It’s a familiar one now: post-World Cup drama, betrayal, investigations, friendships ruined, a federation plunged into chaos. And yet, somehow, it’s brought everyone right back to where they started: with Berhalter in charge of the USMNT and with Reyna as a key young star that the program is hoping will soon become a key young superstar.
Still, too much has changed for things to stay the same, right? This camp, for all involved, will surely be a bit awkward on some level. You can’t fix all of it in one reunion.
This is the start, though. Reyna is back. Berhalter is, too. And, as this camp begins, Berhalter says that both seem ready to treat this as the fresh start it could be.