Gregg Berhalter and his wife Rosalind released a joint statement acknowledging that the “shameful” incident had occurred 31 years ago.

Gregg Berhalter : Rosalind | Investigation | Allegation

Berhalter was born on August 1, 1973, in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, and was a high school teammate of Claudio Reyna at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.

Gregg Berhalter : Rosalind | Investigation | Allegation

He played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1993, he spent the collegiate off season playing for the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL.

Berhalter is the godson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Yastrzemski.

Gregg Berhalter Rosalind 

Berhalter lives in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Rosalind, with whom he has four children. One of his sons, Sebastian, plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

His brother, Jay, served as the chief commercial officer of the United States Soccer Federation until his resignation in 2020.

Gregg Berhalter : Rosalind | Investigation | Allegation

On January 3, 2023, Berhalter issued a statement saying that in 1991, he had kicked his future wife in the legs after an argument, following a complaint to US Soccer by Claudio Reyna’s wife Danielle Egan on Dec 11, 2022.

“There are zero excuses for my actions that night; it was a shameful moment and one that I regret to this day,” Berhalter said.

The actual abuse was deemed by Egan much worse than mentioned by Berhalter. Egan was a close friend of Rosalind at the time.

The complaint was triggered by Berhalter releasing negative comments to social media on Dec 11, 2022 (after the exit of the United States from the 2022 World Cup) on the training attitude of Egan’s son Giovanni Reyna, leading to him suffering extreme online abuse. All parties released statements on social media defending themselves.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it was investigating what had happened including any claims of blackmail and wider inappropriate behaviour reported by US Soccer staff.

Investigation 

U.S. Soccer on Tuesday said it had launched an investigation into U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter over an incident in 1991 where he kicked his wife in the legs.

Gregg Berhalter : Rosalind | Investigation | Allegation

Berhalter and his wife Rosalind released a joint statement acknowledging that the “shameful” incident had occurred 31 years ago, with Berhalter saying he had learned from it.

“In the fall of 1991, I met my soulmate. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind,” said Berhalter, who attended the University of North Carolina. One night, while out drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside.

It became physical and I kicked her in the legs. There are zero excuses for my actions that night; it was a shameful moment and one that I regret to this day.”

He said law enforcement were never involved and that he voluntarily sought out counselling to help “learn, grow and improve.”

The couple split up for seven months before reconciling. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and have four children together.

Berhalter said the investigation came about after an individual contacted U.S. Soccer during the World Cup last month saying it had information that would “take him down.”

U.S. Soccer thanked the couple for speaking about the incident. It added that it had launched a technical review of the men’s national team program and would announce who will lead the January men’s national team camp in the coming days.

The U.S. was knocked out of the World Cup by the Netherlands in the last 16.

Gregg Berhalter Allegation 

United States men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter issued a statement on Tuesday to reveal a “physical” altercation that took place in the past with his girlfriend and now-wife Rosalind in response to an alleged blackmail attempt made during the World Cup in Qatar. 

“During the World Cup, an individual contacted U.S. Soccer saying they had information about me that would take me down,” Berhalter said in a statement.

Gregg Berhalter : Rosalind | Investigation | Allegation

The USSF is now conducting an investigation into “potential inappropriate behavior towards multiple members of our staff by individuals outside of our organization.”

“In the fall of 1991, I met my soulmate. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind for the first time. There was a familiar feeling when we spoke,” Berhalter said in a statement released on Twitter. “Rosalind was and is an amazing person — determined, empathetic, fun to be around — and we connected immediately. It felt like we had known each other for years.

We had been dating for four months when an incident happened between us that would shape the future of our relationship. One night, while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside. It became physical and I kicked her in the legs.”

Berhalter added that there “were no excuses” for his actions and that he apologized to his partner while informing his parents and friends of the situation.

Though friends and family were informed, the police was never contacted. Berhalter said he sought out counseling after the incident and that this behavior has never been repeated. They were able to mend things and have now celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

By Rishabh

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