Borussia Dortmund’s US winger, Giovanni Reyna, was almost sent home from the World Cup finals in Qatar. ESPN says There were also problems with the 20-year-old’s performance in training and in the USA’s preliminary game against Al-Gharafa.
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Giovanni Reyna He did not start any of the United States’ matches in the Qatar tournament, playing seven minutes in the goalless draw against England and exiting in the second half of the round of 16 against the Netherlands.
ESPN reported that Reyna apologized to his teammates for his lack of effort, but did not do so until afterwards Greg Berhalter At a press event in New York, the captain of the national team spoke of “he had a player who did not live up to expectations both on and off the field.”
Berhalter said that he and other crew members discussed for hours what to do with the player and were even ready to book him a plane ticket, and then talked to the footballer about how to act from now on.
MLSsoccer.com was the first to name the footballer, and The Athletic has already reported that Reyna was almost sent home from Qatar.
Greg Berhalter responded to ESPN via text message, writing: “It didn’t really matter who it was. The important thing was that the team had very clear standards and they were willing to communicate what happens if the rules are not followed, that communication led to positive change and progress.”
Giovanni Reyna has also struggled with injuries over the past year, but after the group stage match against Wales he said he was 100 per cent healthy.
“I feel great, great. (Berhalter) didn’t tell me why he didn’t set up.” – said Rina at the time, who was later confronted with the reasons by the coaches and teammates. After Reina’s apology, his colleagues spoke one after another and considered that the Dortmund player’s apology did not live up to their expectations, and they wanted to see a change from him, according to Berhalter, even after what happened.
The story did not end here, because the former US National Team, Eric Wynalda There was an internal conflict in the team, he told the Los Angeles Times, which he then detailed on a radio show: Berhalter lied to the media and told Reina to do the same. Wynalda later retracted some of his comments.
On Twitter, a Fox Sports staff member said, Jason McIntyre He wrote regarding the incident: The fellow players voted and decided 13:12 in favor of Reina staying on the team.
This is the story I referenced on the herd and talked about more on the podcast. There is one thing I haven’t revealed yet that isn’t in the story – the vote to send Rina home was 13 stay and 12 go home.
Sources: Rina was almost sent home from the toilet by the United States https://t.co/VqLpsLQkLk
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