Pulisic is not a very good fan of how they are handling the new USA soccer scandals and this could result in him not appearing for USA after he was called up.
He has made the bold statement and said;
In response, US soccer’s biggest name – Christian Pulisic – has now given his thoughts, backing former boss Berhalter and calling for an end to the drama.
‘I’m not here to appoint the next manager, it’s not my job, and whoever it is I’m going to play and give it 100%,’ Pulisic told ESPN, from his home in London.
‘Everything that happened with Gregg, first of all, has been handled in an extremely childish manner. I think we’ve seen what’s been going on. I think it’s childish, it’s youth soccer, people complaining about playing time.
‘I don’t want to go too far into that, but I think Gregg has been extremely unfortunate to get into the position he is in now.’
The investigation, ordered by US Soccer, was into a domestic violence incident involving him and his now-wife Rosalind in 1992.
Berhalter admitted to kicking his wife after she hit him in the face in an argument during a night out at a bar when they were 18, and the report deemed it an ‘isolated incident’, with ‘no evidence to suggest’ there were any further issues.
The drama was thrust into the spotlight in the wake of the World Cup when it was revealed Claudio and Danielle Reyna – the parents of player Gio, and former friends of the Berhalters – had notified chiefs of the 1992 incident.
The report said that the Reyna parents spoke to then-US Soccer chief Earnie Stewart on the night of December 11, 2022 to disclose ‘information about Mr. Berhalter… that Mrs. Reyna had known for decades and… the information was disclosed at a time when it would be expected to discourage or otherwise influence the organization from offering a contract extension to Mr. Berhalter.’
However, despite these actions, Alston & Bird’s report says they do not constitute blackmail or extortion.
As far as Pulisic is confirmed, it needs to be business as usual for the US as they head into those games, and begin preparations for a home World Cup in 2026.
‘Do I feel like we should just wait and wait? I don’t think it’s necessary, because we are not in a phase like we were after not qualifying [for the 2018 World Cup] where we needed a complete rebuild.
‘We don’t need a bunch of new guys coming in. We have a strong core in my opinion, people have seen that and we need to carry on with that.
‘It’s a tough one for me because we should continue that as soon as we can and build off this World Cup, which I think had a lot of positives in it. We want to get going with that as soon as we can.’