Gio Reyna to be Called Up for Next USMNT Camp, Confirms Sporting Director Matt Crocker
USFF sporting director Matt Crocker has confirmed that Gio Reyna will be called up to the next USMNT camp, pending his fitness. This announcement comes after discussions between Crocker and head coach Gregg Berhalter. The relationship between Reyna and Berhalter has been under scrutiny following a challenging 2022 World Cup for the pair and the subsequent leak of details regarding Berhalter’s historic domestic abuse by Reyna’s mother, Danielle Reyna.
Despite the incident and the USFF investigation, Berhalter’s contract expired after the World Cup on December 31. However, he was rehired in June to replace interim coach B.J. Callaghan. In August, Berhalter revealed that he had not spoken to Reyna since the World Cup and acknowledged that there was work to be done on their relationship.
However, Crocker has now confirmed that the two have recently had conversations and are in a good place to move forward. He stated, “As soon as Gio is fit, he’ll be in the next camp. I can’t wait for him to be in camp so we can stop talking about this. Both Gregg and Gio are in a good place to move forward, and that’s the best thing to say.”
Crocker emphasized that both Berhalter and Reyna share a common goal of wanting the program to be successful. He expressed his desire for the next camp to be over so that the focus can shift away from their relationship and onto the team’s performance.
In December, The Athletic published details about Reyna’s lack of effort during the early stages of the World Cup camp. It was revealed that he apologized to his teammates for his behavior and that the players believed they could move on from the incident.
Reyna has been sidelined with injury and has yet to play for Borussia Dortmund this season. However, he did participate in the USMNT’s Gold Cup campaign under interim coach B.J. Callaghan in June.
The upcoming October international break will see the USMNT face Germany and Ghana at home. It is expected that Reyna will make his return to the team for the first time with Berhalter back on the bench.
The tension between Berhalter and Reyna following the tumultuous post-World Cup months needed to be addressed before the upcoming camp. The unresolved issues had the potential to impact the team’s progress leading up to the 2026 World Cup. Now, the focus is on how Berhalter will utilize Reyna in the team. The 20-year-old has shown promise in a No. 10 role for the U.S. under interim managers Anthony Hudson and BJ Callaghan. However, his fitness and availability for every game remain a concern.
Under Berhalter’s leadership, the USMNT has favored a 4-3-3 formation with a midfield trio consisting of Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Yunus Musah. It remains to be seen whether Berhalter will be willing to make adjustments to accommodate Reyna in the starting lineup. This decision will be one of the first major challenges he faces as he aims to evolve and improve the team in his second cycle as coach.
The inclusion of Gio Reyna in the next USMNT camp signifies a step towards reconciliation between him and head coach Gregg Berhalter. Both parties are committed to moving forward and achieving success for the national team. With Reyna’s talent and potential, his return to the squad could provide a significant boost as they prepare for upcoming international fixtures.