Reyna’s Bright Future With Dortmund
Giovanni Reyna might have just sealed himself in the biggest stage of his career by playing for the Bundesliga giants in Borussia Dortmund.
At first, it seemed that Dortmund coach Lucien Favre made a dashing decision to promote Reyna to the first team from their youth academy after an impressive stint.
That was until he swooped right before moving back to his left as he evaded two defenders en route to his first goal of the season, an high-arcing curveball that was out of the keeper’s reach. That came in the 78th minute in their loss to Werder.
Reyna had a big impact in the club’s U19 side back in summer 2019 as he went on to tally eight goals and eight assists in just 16 matches. He played in the Bundesliga U19 West, UEFA Youth League, and the prestigious DFB Youth Cup.
Reyna was born back in November 2002, and he is the son of former American internationals Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan Reyna. The two legendary players met shortly prior to the FIFA World Cup in 1994, where the United States hosted the tournament.
Claudio Reyna was the first American to captain a European club in his Bundesliga stints with Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. He became the sporting director of New York City FC back in 2013.
Giovanni was a naturally gifted sportsman since his early childhood days. He won the Generation Adidas Cup at age 14 and was named as the player of the tournament. He also led his team in winning the Torneo delle Nazioni youth tournament, where he had four assists and four goals including the game-winner in the final against England.
Dortmund has a very impressive eye for young talent. The team is known for developing young players into strong stars through intense training. This could be Reyna’s starting point for an illustrious career in the making.
Achraf Hakimi, Jadon Sancho, and Erling Haaland are all stars in the making for Dortmund. Inserting a young Reyna into the mix means that the team will have the luxury of putting up four future greats against the rest of the league.
Reyna is easily compared to Brazilian soccer legend Kaka. His top speed, ability to break against opposition boxes and creativity in scoring goals reflect him a lot with Kaka’s play style. Reyna is known for his crafty passing eye and direct free-kicks.
His father had high praise for his ability to play the game in a more creative approach.
‘He's much more of an athlete than I was, much more of a goal scorer’, said former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna. ‘He's very technical and has a good feel for the game. He has a great free-kick and can strike a ball well. Danielle was a great runner and he's a runner’.
Reyna has a bright future ahead of him, and it is with Borussia Dortmund.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores