resigned as sporting director at Austin FC and will serve as a technical advisor role at the third-year MLS club.
The move comes less than four weeks after it was revealed publicly how his former teammate and childhood friend, Gregg Berhalter,
kicked his then-girlfriend and now-wife, Rosalind Santana
, in 1991 when they were freshmen at the University of North Carolina.
Berhalter said an unnamed third party contacted the federation with information about the 1991 incident to "take me down," i.e. with the intention to "bring about the end of my relationship with the USSF."
In a statement to the media
, Danielle Reyna
said she "was absolutely outraged and devastated" that Berhalter spoke about the issues the team had with her son, Gio Reyna
, during the World Cup (without naming him specifically) at a post-tournament leadership conference and went to U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart,
who hired Berhalter, and told him what happened to Santana, her roommate and teammate at UNC.
Berhalter's future was put on hold
while the federation conducted a review of the cycle that ended with the 2022 World Cup and an independent investigation was conducted into the 1991 incident and how the information of those events when they were college freshmen came to the federation. (Claudio Reyna has denied making any threats.)
Claudio Reyna came to Austin FC after serving a similar role in the start-up of NYCFC. In its second season, Austin FC went from 12th to 2nd in MLS's Western Conference.
“I am grateful that [owner] Anthony [Precourt
] and the organization have given me the opportunity to scale back my role and responsibilities while continuing to contribute to the success of a club that I love,” said Austin FC Technical Advisor Claudio Reyna. “I take great pride in what we have accomplished but am looking forward to a less all-consuming work pace that still permits me to assist ongoing club development.”
Austin FC's organizational moves: •
Head coach Josh Wolff
will now additionally serve as the Chief Soccer Officer on an interim basis and lead Austin FC’s sporting department. • Sean Rubio
, the Director of Player Personnel since August 2020, has been promoted to Interim Sporting Director and will oversee the Austin FC Academy. • Nolan Sheldon
, previously an assistant under Wolff, will assume additional responsibilities within Austin FC’s sporting operations, overseeing the connectivity between the Academy, ATXFC II, and the first team. •
Sheldon and Austin FC II head coach Brett Uttley
will report directly to Wolff, as will High Performance Director Dave Tenney
and Vice President of Sporting Operations Andrew DiLallo