USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter
and Gio Reyna
have had conversations that will lead to the 20-year-old midfielder's return to the national team.
At a media roundtable in Chicago, U.S. Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker
confirmed talks had taken place.
“Gregg has had conversations with Gio,” said Crocker. “They’re in a place where as soon as Gio is fit, he’ll be in the next camp. I think both Gregg and Gio are in a good place to move forward and that’s the best thing to say.”
Berhalter had not talked with Reyna since the coach's revelations at a leadership conference after the 2022 World Cup about problems the USMNT had with an unnamed player at the World Cup in Qatar.
That player was Reyna, and when that became public the situation deteriorated, eventually leading to Berhalter's rehiring process being put on hold after an incident of domestic violence involving him and his wife Rosalind
from 1992 was reported to U.S. Soccer by Reyna's mother, Danielle
, Rosalind's teammate and roommate at the University of North Carolina.
An independent investigation cleared Berhalter to be considered for the U.S. job again, and his appointment was confirmed in June during the Concacaf Nations League finals. Gio Reyna was one of the stars of the USMNT's repeat as the Nations League champion, but he suffered a fractured tibia in the final against Canada, which kept him out of the USA's September camp, the first since Berhalter's return.
In an interview with Vanity Fair
in August before the USMNT camp, Berhalter said the situation with Gio Reyna had been sensitive and had to be handled "in the right way" and "there is work to be done."
Reyna recently returned to training with Dortmund and dressed for the first time this season for its first team's two games this past week but did not play. He did play in an U-23 game for Dortmund during the September international window.
“Clearly, there’s been a lot of emotions over the last 12 months, but the common connection is they both want the program to be successful,” said Crocker. “That’s the starting point. There is a clear way forward and a professional way of working and they’re both ready."
The USA will face Germany on Oct. 14 in East Hartford, Connecticut, and Ghana on Oct. 19 in Nashville. Dortmund has three game before then: Hoffenheim on Sept. 29, AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Oct. 4 and Union Berlin on Oct. 7.
"Gio’s looking forward to the next camp, since he’s fit," Crocker added, "and Gregg’s looking forward to working with him, the same as all the staff and all the players that want to welcome him back.”