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U.S. Soccer investigating 1991 incident involving Gregg Berhalter

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Gregg Berhalter, who coached the United States on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, admitted Tuesday to allegations surrounding a 1991 incident through which kicked his now-wife Rosalin within the legs throughout an argument outdoors a bar.

The incident was reported to U.S. Soccer final month and occurred when Berhalter was an 18-year-old freshman defender on the College of North Carolina.

“There are zero excuses for that night time; it was a shameful second and one which I remorse to at the present time,” Berhalter wrote in a prolonged social media put up that was signed by each him and his spouse. 

“At the moment, I instantly apologized to Rosalind, however understandably she needed nothing to do with me. I informed my dad and mom, household and pals what occurred as a result of I needed to take full duty for my habits. Rosalind additionally knowledgeable her dad and mom, household and pals. Whereas the authorities have been by no means concerned on this matter, I voluntarily sought out counseling to assist study, develop and enhance — one of the priceless selections that I ever made. To at the present time, that sort of habits has by no means been repeated.”

Berhalter went on to say that Rosalind contacted him seven months later and that the pair reconciled — they’ve been collectively ever since and have 4 kids collectively — and prompt the beforehand unknown incident got here to gentle as a part of an obvious blackmail try.

“A person contacted U.S. Soccer, saying that they’d details about me that will ‘take me down’ — an obvious try to leverage one thing very private from a very long time in the past to convey concerning the finish of my relationship with U.S. Soccer,” Berhalter wrote on his unverified Twitter account, the authenticity of which FOX Sports activities was capable of verify.

In its personal assertion Tuesday, the U.S. Soccer Federation mentioned it realized of the allegations Dec. 11, just a little greater than per week after the U.S. workforce was eradicated by the Netherlands within the spherical of 16 on the World Cup in Qatar. The united states mentioned it instantly launched an impartial investigation into each the incident and the alleged extortion of Berhalter.

“By means of this course of, U.S. Soccer has realized about potential inappropriate habits in direction of a number of members of our employees by people outdoors of our group,” U.S. Soccer’s assertion mentioned. “We take such habits critically and have expanded our investigation to incorporate these allegations.

“We recognize Gregg and Rosalind coming ahead to talk brazenly about this incident,” the assertion continued. “Per our dedication to transparency, we’ll share the outcomes of the investigation publicly when it’s full. U.S. Soccer condemns violence of any form and takes such allegations very critically.”

A former two-time U.S. World Cup defender, Berhalter was employed to steer the nationwide workforce in December 2018, 14 months after the Individuals did not qualify for that 12 months’s World Cup — the U.S. males’s first event miss in additional than 30 years. He led the squad to CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League titles in 2021, and final March certified the Individuals for his or her first World Cup in eight years.

His four-year contract expired final week; whether or not or not Berhalter, who managed groups in Sweden and MLS earlier than taking the nationwide workforce job, is taken into account to proceed as USMNT coach will possible rely on each the result of the investigation and the technical evaluation nonetheless being performed by U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart. 

The U.S. will kick off its 2023 slate later this month with pleasant matches towards Serbia and Colombia in Los Angeles.

“With the evaluation and investigation ongoing, U.S. Soccer will announce who will lead the January males’s nationwide workforce camp within the coming days,” the federation’s assertion mentioned. 

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