The US national team is in the market for a new athletic trainer.
SI.com’s Grant Wahl on Wednesday reported that head athletic trainer Sue Falsone was fired, but a US Soccer spokesman told MLSsoccer.com that Falsone was not fired and that the two parties mutually agreed to part ways. Falsone joined the team a year ago from Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Her duties have yet to be reassigned.
In other USMNT news, Wahl also reported a power struggle between head coach and technical director Jurgen Klinsmann and Chief Commercial Officer Jay Berhalter, quoting an unnamed source.
Contacted by MLSsoccer.com, US Soccer reiterated the statement provided to SI.com denying the claim: “Any perception that there’s a power struggle is simply false. Everyone is working collectively to improve the technical side on a daily basis.”
US Soccer indicated that Berhalter, brother of Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter, oversees a variety of areas at Soccer House in Chicago, including broadcasting, events, marketing, communications, player development and coaching programs.