United States men’s national team interim head coach Anthony Hudson revealed that the chaos surrounding the team is ‘not a good situation’.
US Soccer has been rocked by controversy since the World Cup with the future of former head coach Gregg Berhalter up in the air following a bombshell ‘blackmail’ scandal.
Speaking ahead of the Star and Stripes’ upcoming friendlies against Serbia, on January 25, and Colombia three days later, Hudson admitted there was a sad feeling within the camp after Gio Reyna’s parents told US Soccer that Berhalter fired his wife in 1991 and an investigation was conducted. launched.
‘It’s a shame for everyone involved: players, staff, Gregg, everyone is affected by it,’ the 41-year-old former Colorado Rapids head coach said on Tuesday. ‘This is not a good situation.’
USMNT interim head coach Anthony Hudson will face off against Serbia and Colombia
Hudson admits that a sad feeling hangs over the US camp because of the recent turmoil
Berhalter’s young US team impressed en route to the last-16 in Qatar when they were eventually dumped out by Holland following a 3-1 defeat.
However, Hudson admits there is now ‘sadness’ to the revelations that are changing the narrative and replacing the positivity created last year.
‘It is a dream for so many of them – so many of us, but above all the players,’ he continued in his press conference. Hudson was an assistant coach of Berhalter’s this winter in Qatar.
‘They set out with a big, lofty ambition, not just go [to the World Cup]but to go there and represent themselves in a way that people sit up and take notice of the team.
‘So when all this happens, I think it is [a feeling of shame]. It’s sad because all the attention is lost there. All good work and it’s moved in a different direction.’
The relationship between suspended USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and Gio Reyna is making headlines for all the wrong reasons
After the World Cup, Reyna’s parents resurfaced a domestic violence claim between Berhalter and his wife Rosalind
Claudio Reyna, Berhalter’s former USMNT teammate, and his wife Danielle
The statements were made by Danielle and Claudio Reyna, parents of US and Borussia Dortmund star winger Giovanni Reyna, who reportedly had a rift with Berhalter over his unhappiness sitting on the bench in Qatar.
The 20-year-old England-born player is also close to being sent home from the tournament. Berhalter’s future is uncertain as his contract expires after the World Cup ends.
‘I’ve said yes to doing it for now and then my next big responsibility is to the players,’ Hudson said. ‘Because we can’t get all our players from abroad because they’re not available, historically, this camp opens up space for new players to come in.’
‘We have seen that there have been 30-odd plus players who have made their first or second cap in this window in the past and gone on to represent [us] in the World Cup.’
One player the US can count on in the coming years is goalkeeper Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina. The 18-year-old signed for Chelsea in August but remained on loan at Chicago Fire until the New Year. He had 12 clean sheets in 32 MLS games last season.
One name the USMNT hopes to develop in the future is goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, 18.
‘It’s an honor to be here,’ said Slonina, who is of Polish origin. ‘I am using this opportunity to show what I can do as a player for the national team, I think that is very important. The transition went well. The training and level there is something I think every player dreams of.’
‘Coming out here and showing what I’ve learned there in the short time I’ve been there, I think that’s something I can use to my advantage.’
Slonina is one of several US players based in Europe to join the latest US squad, as many have been barred by their clubs from flying overseas due to two friendlies not being scheduled during an official international break.
‘[Chelsea is] super proud,’ said the young goalie. ‘A club like this, I think, gives you the most resources to be successful. When you get this opportunity, yes, they are very happy. I was told to enjoy the moment and hopefully get my first national team cap.’
Hudson wanted a team with experience and youth and named Kellyn Acosta to his squad
Hudson admitted that his goal is to give the youngsters experience, as he wants players who have featured in the World Cup to guide those just starting their relatively young careers. Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin, Aaron Long, Sean Johnson and Jesus Ferreira were among those who were part of the US squad that featured in Qatar.
‘They responded really, really well as I expected them to,’ Hudson said. ‘I mean, we chose them to enter because we know their behavior.’
The American coach, who is also English due to being the son of former Chelsea, Stoke City, Arsenal player and England international Alan Hudson, also admitted that he does not know what will happen next for himself or the team after two friendship in January. .
‘I have no idea,’ he said. ‘I think we play these two games and I’ll go home and see what happens after this.’
The game against Serbia will be shown on HBO Max, while the US-Colombia match will be shown on ESPN.