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US Soccer reveals investigation into manager Gregg Berhalter

US Soccer has hired a law firm to oversee an investigation of manager Gregg Berhalter over details surrounding an act of domestic violence that occurred in 1991, the federation announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Berhalter released a statement of his own on Tuesday, saying that someone had contacted US Soccer saying they had information that would “take him down” and revealed that he had kicked his longtime partner, Rosalind, following a barroom argument.

“In the fall of 1991, I met my soulmate. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind,” Berhalter wrote on Twitter. “One night, while out drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside. It became physical and I kicked her in the legs.”

Berhalter said that the authorities were never involved and that he sought counseling after the incident. The two reconciled after the fight, got married and have four children.

“The lessons learned from that night over three decades ago became the foundation for a loving, devoted, and supportive relationship, which we honored and celebrated with our 25th wedding anniversary this past weekend,” Berhalter added.

Regarding the investigation, US Soccer said in its statement: “Upon learning of the allegation against U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter on Dec. 11, 2022, U.S. Soccer immediately hired Alston and Bird LLP to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.

“Through this process, U.S. Soccer has learned about potential inappropriate behavior towards multiple members of our staff by individuals outside of our organization. We take such behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include those allegations.”

US Soccer added that a full technical review of the men’s program was also ongoing and that it would announce who will lead them for an upcoming January camp and subsequent 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 and takes such allegations very seriously.

Berhalter’s contract was set to expire on Dec. 31. He led the US to second place in Group B at the World Cup in Qatar before losing 3-1 to the Netherlands in the round of 16.