Team USA midfielder Giovanni Reyna was almost sent home during the World Cup by Team USA due to a lack of effort in training and in a pre-tournament scrimmage.

Reyna didn’t start a single game for Team USA and ESPN reports that Reyna did apologize to the entire team for his lack of effort. US Manager Greg Berhalter spoke at the HOW Institute for Society’s Summit on Moral Leadership and some of his comments were later published. He had stated that the US “had a player that was clearly not meeting expectations on and off the field.”

Berhalter said those comments were supposed to be off the record. Reyna ended up playing just 7 minutes against England. He also played the entire second half in the Round of 16 against Netherlands.

Reyna’s lack of playing time during the tournament was a major storyline for Team USA, which lacked the ability to score goals in the World Cup. Berhalter had said he started Jordan Morris because he thought Morris’ speed and power gave the team a boost.

Reyna apologized to the team during the World Cup, according to reports.

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