Arena DEFENDS Berhalter letting Reyna out and ‘wouldn’t argue’ to outplay Weah

‘We’re all experts on everyone’s team’: ex-USMNT coach Bruce Arena DEFENDS Gregg Berhalter for letting Gio Reyna out of first two World Cup games and ‘wouldn’t argue’ with Timothy Weah playing for him

Former USMNT coach Bruce Arena has defended Gregg Berhalter’s decision to largely leave Gio Reyna out of the opening two World Cup games after the Borussia Dortmund winger settled for a guest appearance vs. England.

Reyna entered Friday’s 0-0 draw from the bench in the 83rd minute, and the substitute was his first action of the tournament after going unused vs. Wales.

Meanwhile, Lille’s Tim Weah has been given the starting point in both games on the right wing and currently has the team’s only goal of the tournament to his credit.

Bruce Arena coached the USMNT in two World Cups: the 2002 and 2006 tournaments

Gio Reyna has not seen much action at the World Cup so far

Gio Reyna has not seen much action at the World Cup so far

Arena, who coached the USMNT in two World Cups, gave Berhalter the benefit of the doubt after the Group B game.

“What I would say is that we are all experts on everyone else’s teams,” he prescribed

“We’re not on the team so it’s hard to pass judgment – only the coach and the player can tell you.

“And the way the US is playing right now, it looks like it’s Reyna or Weah, and they have Weah in front of them. I wouldn’t necessarily argue against that.’

Reyna’s minimal role to date has been a huge bone of contention among USA fans, and the 1-1 draw with Wales raised questions over whether the 20-year-old was fit.

Gregg Berhalter has opted to leave Gio Reyna on the bench so far in the World Cup

Gregg Berhalter has chosen to leave Gio Reyna on the bench in the World Cup so far

Berhalter said after that game that the team did a “last-minute check” on Reyna, who has had many injury problems, before calling the decision to bench him earlier this week a “coach’s decision.”

However, Reyna said he felt “really good” after that result.

Regardless, he will start his must-win game against Iran on Tuesday with little action to his name in Qatar after registering two goals and two assists in six starts in all competitions for Dortmund to kick off his club campaign.

The performance of the US vs. England were impressive but didn’t change much in terms of the mission on Tuesday as they need to beat Iran as expected to progress to the knockout stage.

Behind number one England with four points, Iran is second with three points after a surprise 2-0 win vs. Wales on Friday.

The USA is third with two points after a tie in both opening games.


Source: Dailymail

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