US men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter admits to kicking his wife-to-be in 1991

US men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter admits to kicking his wife-to-be in 1991

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  • January 4, 2023
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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday that it is investigating Gregg Berhalter, the men’s national team coach, over a 1991 confrontation in which he kicked the woman who later became his wife .

The association said it learned of the allegation on December 11 and hired the law firm Alston & Bird to investigate. The USSF said Berhalter and his wife Rosalind have been “open” about the matter, and Berhalter admitted the kick in a statement Tuesday.

“Through this process, US Soccer has learned of potentially inappropriate behavior towards several employees of our organization by individuals outside of our organization,” the USSF said, adding that the investigation includes those allegations.

The USSF said it would announce “in the coming days” who will coach the team for the shows against Serbia on January 25 and Colombia three days later. These are the first games for the Americans since they were eliminated by the Netherlands in the last 16 of the World Cup last month.

The US Football Association announced on Tuesday that it was investigating men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter over a 1991 confrontation in which he kicked the woman who later became his wife.The US Football Association announced on Tuesday that it was investigating men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter over a 1991 confrontation in which he kicked the woman who later became his wife.

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Berhalter’s statement said: “During the World Cup, a person contacted US Soccer and said they had information about me that would ‘bring me down’ – an apparent attempt to use something very personal from long ago to do that bring about an end to my relationship with US soccer.

“I met my soul mate in the fall of 1991,” Berhalter continues. “We had been dating for four months when an incident took place between us that would shape the future of our relationship. One evening while having a drink at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside. It got physical and I kicked her in the legs.

“There are zero excuses for my actions that night; It was a shameful moment that I still regret to this day. I immediately apologized to Rosalind at the time, but understandably she didn’t want anything to do with me. I told my parents, family and friends what had happened because I wanted to take full responsibility for my behavior. Rosalind also informed her parents, family and friends.

“Although the authorities were never involved in this matter, I voluntarily sought counseling to learn, grow and improve – one of the most valuable decisions I have ever made. To date, this type of behavior has never been repeated,” he said.

Berhalter, 51, was hired in December 2018 after USA failed to qualify for that year’s World Cup. He has led the team to 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws, and the Americans have earned the third and final automatic World Cup spot from the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

Berhalter is the first American to play for and coach the United States at a World Cup. His contract ran until December. “I look forward to continuing my discussions with US Soccer about the future,” he said.

USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone and Athletic Director Earnie Stewart have not discussed the coaching situation with the media since the World Cup. The USSF said its “full technical review” of the program and investigation was ongoing and the findings of the investigation would be released.

From 1994 to 2011, Berhalter was a defender for Zwolle, Sparta Rotterdam and Cambuur Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, Crystal Palace in England, Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich in Germany and Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. He coached Hammarby in Sweden and MLS’s Columbus Crew before taking the job in the US.

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