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Claudio Reyna quits Austin function amid USSF probe

What happens next for Berhalter, Reyna and U.S. Soccer? (2:01)Kyle Bonagura explains potential outcomes for Gregg Berhalter and U.S. Soccer after Danielle and Claudio Reyna threatened to reveal sensitive information about the USMNT coach. (2:01)Jan 26, 2023Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.Claudio Reyna has stepped down as sporting

Claudio Reyna quits Austin function amid USSF probe

What occurs subsequent for Berhalter, Reyna and U.S. Soccer? (2:01)

Kyle Bonagura explains potential outcomes for Gregg Berhalter and U.S. Soccer after Danielle and Claudio Reyna threatened to disclose delicate details about the USMNT coach. (2:01)

Jan 26, 2023

  • Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent


      Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. nationwide staff for ESPN FC.

Claudio Reyna has stepped down as sporting director of Austin FC and can “transition right into a technical advisor function,” the Main League Soccer membership announced Thursday.

The transfer comes within the wake of controversy involving U.S. men’s national team World Cup manager Gregg Berhalter and the household of U.S. and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gio Reyna, Claudio’s son.

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Sources have instructed ESPN that Reyna had backed away from a few of his duties as sporting director in Austin, although earlier this month the membership insisted that nothing had modified with regard to his function. Now Reyna is out as sporting director, although he’ll contribute in an advisory function.

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“I’m grateful that Anthony and the group have given me the chance to cut back my function and duties whereas persevering with to contribute to the success of a membership that I like,” Reyna stated in a membership assertion. “I take nice delight in what we’ve achieved however am wanting ahead to a much less all-consuming work tempo that also permits me to help ongoing membership growth.”

Berhalter’s dealing with of Gio Reyna through the World Cup, by which the U.S. boss opted to make use of the participant in a diminished function, drew the ire of the Reyna household, leading to them immediately speaking with U.S. Soccer executives.

Following the event in Qatar, Berhalter instructed a management convention a few participant he practically despatched dwelling through the World Cup due to an absence of effort in coaching. The person was subsequently recognized as Gio Reyna. In response, Danielle Reyna, Gio’s mom, instructed then-USSF sporting director Earnie Stewart of an incident of home violence involving Berhalter and his spouse Rosalind again in 1991.

Berhalter later publicly disclosed that the incident had occurred, with the united states launching an investigation that’s nonetheless ongoing.

Berhalter’s future with the united states stays unclear. His contract expired on the finish of December, however earlier on Thursday, USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone maintained that he’s nonetheless a candidate to renew his publish.

Earlier Thursday, the united states announced the departures of Stewart and USMNT GM Brian McBride, with Stewart departing to take up a technical director place with Dutch membership PSV Eindhoven. U.S. Soccer stated the strikes had been unrelated to the investigation.

As for Austin, present supervisor Josh Wolff will now additionally tackle the duties of chief soccer officer, whereas Sean Rubio, who had been the membership’s director of participant personnel, will assume the function of sporting director.

“We’re grateful for Claudio’s contributions to each our Membership and our neighborhood,” stated Austin FC majority proprietor and chief govt officer, Anthony Precourt in an announcement. “Claudio has been dedicated to the reason for constructing a Membership that evokes Austin, and he’ll stay able to contribute to our group.”

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