‘I used to be clear… coach’s choice’: Tetchy Gregg Berhalter responds to criticism of leaving Gio Reyna on the bench in USA’s World Cup tie with Wales and provides no ensures the Borussia Dortmund star will face England
USA coach Gregg Berhalter resisted the urge to hit again at critics who questioned why he left Borussia Dortmund star Gio Reyna as a sub within the 1-1 draw in opposition to Wales.
Berhalter was requested once more on Thursday why Reyna was disregarded and if the attacker is obtainable to play in opposition to England.
‘I feel I used to be fairly clear after the sport saying he was out there for the match, and it was a coach’s choice that he didn’t play,’ Berhalter mentioned.
‘And he’ll be out there for tomorrow’s match, and we’ll see what occurs.’
USA coach Gregg Berhalter was requested once more about Gio Reyna earlier than the England recreation
Reyna was surprisingly left on the bench because the USA tied Wales 1-1 on the World Cup in Qatar
USA took a 1-0 lead in opposition to Wales by means of Timothy Weah however within the second half, Wales got here again into the sport and began to dictate play.
The introduction of promising 20-year-old attacker Reyna appeared inevitable however Berhalter as a substitute turned to Kellyn Acosta and Jordan Morris.
There had been some suggestion that Reyna was experiencing some muscle tightness after a observe recreation in opposition to an area Qatari workforce final week, however Berhalter’s feedback on Thursday seem to dismiss that.
Fox Soccer pundit Alexi Lalas was among the many names questioning why Reyna was left on the bench in opposition to Wales.
Talking on the channel’s World Cup protection, Lalas mentioned: All people is asking, “The place was Gio Reyna? Why did not he come on the sphere?’
DailyMail.com columnist Brad Friedel additionally mentioned he anticipated Reyna to characteristic however urged if there’s a harm subject with Reyna, considerations over different gamers additionally returning might have been a motive.
USA took a 1-0 lead in opposition to Wales by means of Timothy Weah however couldn’t maintain on and win
Reyna mentioned he feels good and that coach Berhalter does not want to clarify his selections
‘Weston McKennie was heading into this match off the again of a latest harm,’ Friedel wrote.
‘Sergino Dest at right-back and Sargent in assault additionally had some issues, plus Christian Pulisic hasn’t performed a complete lot of minutes this season at Chelsea.
‘There, already, are 4 gamers Berhalter might have been aware of managing the workload of earlier than the sport even begins.
‘If Gio Reyna began too, then that is 5. Sure, you’ve got 5 substitutes however you must use them to reply to the sport in entrance of you on the pitch as properly – you may’t have already got them deliberate primarily based on the situation of gamers.’
For his half, Reyna was respectful of Berhalter’s selections in opposition to Wales.
‘I really feel actually good. I really feel nice,’ the 20-year-old, who can be the son of ex-US captain, Claudio Reyna, mentioned. ‘I really feel wonderful. [Coach Gregg Berhalter] does not have to inform me why he did not put me in or why he does.’