US Soccer has hired a law firm to oversee an investigation into manager Gregg Berhalter over details of an altercation that took place in 1991, the federation announced on Tuesday.
Berhalter, whose contract expired on December 31 according to an ESPN source, released his own statement on Tuesday, saying someone contacted US Soccer with information that would ‘destroy’ him and revealing he kicked to his longtime partner, Rosalind, following an argument at a bar while in college at the University of North Carolina.
“In the fall of 1991, I met my soul mate. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind,” Berhalter said. wrote on Twitter. “One night while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument which continued outside. It got physical and I kicked him in the legs.
Berhalter said authorities were never involved and he sought advice after the incident. The two reconciled after the fight, got married and have four children.
“The lessons learned from that night more than three decades ago became the foundation for a relationship of love, dedication and support, which we honored and celebrated with our 25th wedding anniversary this past weekend.” , Berhalter added.
Regarding the investigation, US Soccer said in his statement“Upon learning of the allegation against U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Gregg Berhalter on December 11, 2022, US Soccer immediately hired Alston and Bird LLP to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.
“Through this process, US Soccer has learned of potential inappropriate behavior toward several of our staff by individuals outside of our organization. We take this behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include these allegations.”
US Soccer added that a full technical review of the men’s program was also underway and that it would announce who will lead the team for an upcoming camp in January and a pair of friendlies in the coming days.
The federation also thanked Berhalter and his wife for coming forward to speak about the incident, while adding that it condemns violence of any kind and takes these allegations very seriously.
Berhalter, 51, was hired in December 2018 after the United States failed to qualify for that year’s World Cup. He led the team to 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws, and the Americans secured the third and final automatic berth at the CONCACAF World Cup for the 2022 tournament.
Berhalter is the first American to play and coach the United States at a World Cup, where he led the USMNT to second place in Group B in Qatar before losing 3-1 to the Netherlands in round of 16.