Gio Reyna named to USMNT roster; Tyler Adams is out with a hamstring injury


Anthony Hudson, interim coach of the United States men’s national soccer team, confirmed on Wednesday that Gio Reyna will rejoin the squad for the first full training camp since a World Cup dispute between Reyna’s parents and the former national team coach led to an investigation and embarrassment at the programme.

Reyna, a 20-year-old attacker, was among 13 players from the 2022 World Cup squad who were called up to a 24-man squad for two Concacaf Nations League games.

“The situation during the World Cup was handled as a group, there was a positive reaction from the player and we all progressed,” Hudson said in a statement. “Of course it has become a bit more complex in the months since the World Cup, but for us Gio is part of our program.”

Hudson was scheduled to answer reporters’ questions later Wednesday.

Just before the World Cup began in November, then-coach Gregg Berhalter and his staff were concerned about Reyna’s effort and performance in training and in a scrimmage. Berhalter considered sending Reyna home. Reyna apologized to his teammates.

In the end, he only played in two out of four games and was not in the starting XI. There was a rift between the Reyna and Berhalter families, who had been close for decades. In retaliation, Danielle Reyna gave the US Football Association a tip about a domestic violence incident in Gregg Berhalter’s past.

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The results of an investigation into the matter were released on Monday, revealing additional details from the controversy. Berhalter’s contract expired on December 31; The USSF says he remains a candidate for the job en route to the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

A big part of the US youth movement is the often-injured Reyna, who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. When healthy, Reyna has shown world-class skills and the ability to change games.

“He’s a good guy and a top talent and he’s rated like any other player,” Hudson said. “We made squad decisions based on what gives the team the best chance of winning those games and we brought him in because we think he can help us do that.”

The US team (1-0-1 in the Nations League group stage) meets in Orlando on Monday before playing in Grenada on March 24 (0-2-1) and on March 27 against El Salvador (1-0 -2) plays Florida. The group winners advance to the semi-finals in early June and the top two finishers secure a place in the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer.

Half the World Cup squad was called up, including Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Matt Turner. Captain Tyler Adams, who plays for Leeds United, has not been called up due to a hamstring injury, according to the Premier League side.

Three of the World Cup squad cuts have been invited: goalkeeper Zack Steffen, defender Mark McKenzie and striker Ricardo Pepi, who has scored 10 goals in 22 games in all competitions for Dutch club Groningen.

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Two players from the winter training camp in California – where the best European players were unavailable – will return: midfielder Alan Soñora and striker Alex Zendejas, a dual citizen who this week chose the US program over Mexico’s.

With MLS not pausing the season during this international window, only one player was selected: Atlanta centre-back Miles Robinson, who was on course to make the World Cup roster until his Achilles tendon last May.

Striker Daryl Dike, who was not scheduled for the World Cup squad due to injury, will be back in the squad for the first time since summer 2021. He scored six goals in 18 games for English second division side West Brom.

England-based centre-back Auston Trusty, 24, and Netherlands-based winger Taylor Booth, 21, are looking to make their A debuts.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

goalkeeper: Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal).

defender: Sergiño Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City). ). ).

midfield player: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds), Johnny Cardoso (International), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Soñora (Juarez).

Forward: Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Brom), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Tim Weah (Lille), Alex Zendejas (Club America). Gio Reyna named to USMNT roster; Tyler Adams is out with a hamstring injury

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