Gio Reyna can’t stop scoring goals for Borussia Dortmund

Gio Reyna can’t stop scoring goals for Borussia Dortmund

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Gio Reyna is back to make a massive impact for his German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, although he remains a controversial figure within the USMNT.

Reyna has scored crucial goals in back-to-back games for the storied German side, having both been late substitutes. His 78th-minute strike from the top of the box on Sunday came in his first game since the 2022 World Cup and proved the difference in Dortmund’s 4-3 win over FC Augsburg.

Reyna scored another winner from a header by Sébastien Haller in added time in Dortmund’s game against FSV Mainz 05 on Wednesday and then celebrated enthusiastically with his team-mates.

Reyna is a central figure in the current controversy surrounding the USMNT and Gregg Berhalter, who coached the team at that World Cup. Although Reyna is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the United States squad, he made only limited stints in Qatar, appearing only as a substitute in two of the team’s four games – his goalless group stage draw against England and his 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands in the opening round of the knockout stages.

Reports later surfaced that Reyna’s playing time was down to a lack of focus he showed in USMNT training sessions and there was even a team vote on whether to send the 20-year-old home during the World Cup.

Berhalter himself alluded to the incident at length while speaking at a leadership conference shortly after the USMNT’s elimination. The comments were meant to be confidential and Berhalter never named the player he was talking about, but it quickly became clear after the comments were leaked that it was about Reyna.

Alexi DOUBLES Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT situation

Alexi DOUBLES Gregg Berhalter's USMNT situation

Alexi Lalas is responding to fan reaction to his stance on the Gregg Berhalter/Claudio Reyna situation and why he still takes that stance.

On Jan. 3, Berhalter posted a lengthy statement on Twitter admitting he kicked his now-wife Rosalind outside a bar in 1991 when the two were 18-year-olds who had just started dating. In the statement, Gregg Berhalter said he went public with the incident in response to an “extortion attempt.”

The following day, Gio’s mother Danielle Reyna took responsibility for alerting the US Football Association about the incident and reports surfaced that Gio’s father Claudio Reyna – a former USMNT captain and teammate of Berhalter, USSF athletic director Earnie Stewart and now former USMNT General Manager Brian McBride – had threatened to reveal damaging information about Berhalter during the World Cup. The Berhalters and Reynas were longtime family friends, and Rosalind Berhalter and Danielle Reyna were roommates at college at the time of the Rosalind and Gregg incident.

Did Gio Reyna just PROVE Gregg Berhalter mistreated him?

Did Gio Reyna just PROVE Gregg Berhalter mistreated him?

Alexi Lalas and David Mosse debate whether Gregg Berhalter mishandled the situation with Gio Reyna at the 2022 World Cup.

The USSF has launched an investigation into the entire affair. Gregg Berhalter is currently not with the team as his contract expired at the end of 2022. Assistant coach Anthony Hudson is taking over the provisional management of the team’s January camp, which includes Wednesday’s friendlies against Serbia and Saturday’s friendlies against Colombia. Berhalter remains a candidate to stay on as USMNT head coach pending the results of the probe, although his chances of staying on have reportedly dropped in recent weeks.

Gio Reyna has not spoken publicly about his parents’ actions but after scoring his goal on Wednesday his celebration seemed to allude to the controversy as he made a speaking gesture with his hand and then covered both ears. Several of his Dortmund teammates celebrated.

Reyna is not with the USMNT for January camp, but so are several other top players from the team’s World Cup 2022 roster as they are in the middle of their European club season. That list includes Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, currently injured, Leeds United’s Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson, and Juventus’s Weston McKennie.

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