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U.S. men’s team coach Berhalter admitted to kicking his future wife in 1991.

NEW YORK — The US Football Federation said on Tuesday it was investigating men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter over a 1991 confrontation in which he punched the woman who would become his wife.

The federation said it became aware of the allegation on December 11 and hired the law firm Alston & Bird to investigate. The USSF said Berhalter and his wife Rosalind “spoke openly” about the matter, and Berhalter admitted in a statement on Tuesday.

“During this process, US Soccer became aware of possible inappropriate behavior towards several members of our staff by individuals outside of our organization,” the USSF said, adding that the investigation also includes these allegations.

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

Berhalter said in a statement: “At the time of the World Cup, one person contacted US Soccer saying they had information about me that would ‘drive me crazy’ – an obvious attempt to use something very personal from a long time ago to put an end to my relationship. with American football.

“In the fall of 1991, I met my soul mate,” Berhalter continued. “We had been dating for four months when an incident occurred between us that determined the future of our relationship. One night while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside. hit her in the legs.

“There is no excuse for my actions that night; it was a shameful moment that I regret to this day. At the time, I immediately apologized to Rosalind, but for obvious reasons, she didn’t want to have anything to do with me. I told my parents, family and friend what happened because I wanted to take full responsibility for my behavior. Rosalind also told her parents, family and friends.

“Although the authorities have never been involved in this matter, I volunteered for a consultation to help learn, grow and improve – one of the most valuable decisions I have ever made. To this day, this behavior has never been repeated,” he said.

Berhalter, 51, was hired in December 2018 after the US failed to qualify for that year’s World Cup. He led the team to 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 ties as the Americans earned their third and last automatic World Championship spot from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Berhalter is the first American to play and coach for Team USA in a World Cup. His contract ran until December.

“I look forward to continuing our conversations with US Soccer about the future,” he said.

USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone and Athletic Director Ernie Stewart did not discuss the coaching situation with the media after the World Cup. The USSF said its “full technical review” of the program and investigation is ongoing and the results of the investigation will be released to the public.

Berhalter was a defender from 1994 to 2011 for Zwolle, Sparta Rotterdam and Cambuur-Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, Crystal Palace in England, Energie Cottbus and 1860 Munich in Germany, and for Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer. He coached Hammarby in Sweden and Columbus Crew in MLS before moving on to work in the US.

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