Anthony Hudson will serve as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team for its upcoming January training camp in Carson, California.
Hudson will be joined by fellow World Cup assistant coach B.J. Callaghan
and U.S. U-20 men’s head coach Mikey Varas
in running the team for the friendlies against Serbia Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and Colombia Jan. 28 in Carson.
Hudson joined the national team staff in 2020 as U-20 men's head coach, but the U-20 program was shut down after one camp due to Covid-19. Hudson, who previously coached Bahrain, New Zealand and the Colorado Rapids, was later named an assistant to the men's national team.
Hudson, 41, was born in Seattle, where his father, Alan Hudson
, was playing for the NASL's Sounders, and raised in England, His short playing career ended with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2008. • SA Confidential: Anthony Hudson on being the son of a superstar dad, his own playing career, and the importance of caring
No decision has been announced regarding the future of Gregg Berhalter
, who took the USMNT to the 2022 World Cup, where it reached the round of 16. His contract as USMNT head coach ended Saturday, the last day of 2022.
Berhalter is under investigation for an incident when he was a freshman at the University of North Carolina in 1991 involving his then-girlfriend (and now wife of 25 years) Rosalind Santana
. He revealed on Tuesday that someone contacted the federation during the World Cup with information about the incident to "take me down."
Citing multiple sources, ESPN reported on Wednesday
that former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna
— a youth, prep and U.S. teammate of Berhalter — sent multiple messages to U.S. Soccer executives during the World Cup, threatening to reveal sensitive details about Berhalter's past. Reyna's son, Gio
, was a member of the U.S. World Cup team but played a limited role during the tournament.
ESPN reported that Reyna and wife, Danielle
— a former teammate and roommate of Berhalter's wife at UNC — first gave specifics about Berhalter's past to a federation executive on Dec. 11, the same day remarks Berhalter made five days earlier at the HOW Institute for Society’s Summit on Moral Leadership in New York were published
in edited form by Charterworks.
(The remarks were supposed to be “explicitly off the record," according to the federation.)
Those remarks shed new light on some of the issues he faced during the USMNT's run to the round of 16 at the World Cup, including being "ready to book a plane ticket home" for a player media later identified as Gio Reyna.
Both Danielle and Claudio Reyna issued statements to The Athletic. Danielle Reyna confirmed that she called Earnie Stewart, U.S. Soccer's sporting director and a teammate of her husband's on three World Cup teams, on Dec. 11 and enraged that her son "was still being dragged through the mud when Gregg had asked for and received forgiveness for doing something so much worse at the same age."
She added that she "did not ask for Gregg to be fired, I did not make any threats, and I don’t know anything about any blackmail attempts, nor have I ever had any discussions about anyone else on Gregg’s staff — I don’t know any of the other coaches." In a separate statement, Claudio Reyna backed his wife, adding he expressed his frustration about Gio's situation during the World Cup to Stewart and USMNT GM Brian McBride — another of his former World Cup teammates — but did not "threaten anyone."
The federation opened an independent investigation into the 1991 incident. It stated it was also investigating behavior by unidentified individuals toward federation staff based on information that has emerged since the investigation began.
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