Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Condolences to Claudio for the loss of a son
by Ridge Mahoney, July 20th, 2012 2:51AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily



[OBITUARY] Jack Reyna, the oldest son of former U.S. international Claudio Reyna, died Thursday from a brain tumor. He was 13.

Named after Claudio’s grandfather, Jack was born in 1999 while his father played in Scotland for Glasgow Rangers. One of my more vivid memories of Claudio’s career is a rare peek into his family life, when Jack was only a few years old and playing in the lobby of the team hotel – I forget which -- with goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

They were pushing a tiny toy jeep back and forth across a section of the hotel lobby, oblivious to guests chatting on cell phones while they rushed to the elevator and staff members struggling with huge carts. At one point three members of an airline crew walked by, two of them towing wheeled suitcases, and one of Jack’s return “passes” skimmed through the forest of legs and luggage right to Keller.

“He must have it in the genes,” I thought. “Just like his dad.”

Usually far away from reporters and outsiders, the players' families interacted and shared their common experiences in games and tournaments around the world. They spend enough time together to feel like a second family.

Thinking of Jack also made me think of Keller’s children, twins Cameron and Chloe. Since they were born about the same time as my son, whenever we talked I’d bring up the subject of raising kids, hoping to get some insights from a man who raised twins while living in places as diverse as Madrid, Duesseldorf, and London, not to mention Seattle. He always has a good story of inspiration and/or exasperation to share as he tried to express how much fuller is his life as a father.

I can’t think of Clint Dempsey without remembering him talking about his sister, Jennifer, who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm at age 16. Houston coach Dominic Kinnear, who I’ve known for more than two decades, lost a brother and his mother to inoperable brain tumors when they were relatively young.

It’s too easy to forget these figures we see as heroes and villains, winners and losers, are also human beings who suffer through the same personal tragedies and triumphs as the rest of us. That’s why I never downplay or ignore the importance of family, even though many times when a player or coach cites “family reasons” for a decision, there’s a tendency to snicker. A dying parent, or a sick child, can consume even the strongest personality but fans might only see a diminished performance and react accordingly.

While I give my deepest condolences to Claudio, his wife Danielle, and the rest of their family, I hope we can all keep in mind the games we watch are just that, games, and those who regard them as life and death – or even more important, as per the view of former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly – just can't see the bigger picture.

  1. Marc Silverstein
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 8:44 a.m.
    Thanks Ridge for that, being on the verge of tears this early in the AM can be good for the soul. It was a very moving tribute.
  1. Rudy Espindola
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 8:50 a.m.
    God will give you the strength to go through this Claudio, may he bless you and your family.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.
    My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Reyna family on this very sad day.
  1. Kerry Solomon
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.
    Very sad to hear the news. God bless the Reyna Family during this difficult time and in the future.
  1. Michelle Salazar
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.
    So very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with Claudio and his family...
  1. Kevin Sims
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
    Wahoo nation mourns the loss of Jack Reyna. The entire Reyna family and friends are held in prayer.
  1. Maria Ramirez
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 1:47 p.m.
    My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family during your time of loss. I cannot begin to know the heartache you feel, but my prayers are with you.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Claudio.
  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.
    Respect and condolences from Canada, Reyna family. Our prayers are with you.
  1. Manuel Trejo-von Angst
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.
    Offering condolences and sympathies just seems to fail to be enough for me to give though they will have to suffice. This is absolutely horrible. I can't imagine anything more ghoulish than losing a child. Losing a loved one is hard enough but losing one who has not even had a real chance to live is simply unimaginable. I hope the Reyna family are able to deal with and move ahead with their lives as much as is possible as soon as possible.
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
    Our deepest condolences to the Reyna family.
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: July 21, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.
    It's always a terrible tragedy when a child dies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reyna family.
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: July 21, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.
    Ridge, you hit the nail right on the head. What we see on the pitch is not nearly as important as what we have off of it.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: David Ousted    
"If someone isn't doing their job, then we as leaders are supposed to step up and ...
USWNT: Lynn Williams' magic touch continues    
Lynn Williams helped the Western New York Flash win its first NWSL title, scoring deep into ...
MLS Injuries: Diaz out for 2016 with torn Achilles tendon    
Fate has dealt the players and coaching staff of FC Dallas a stiff challenge on the ...
MLS Moves: TFC signs former HG Delgado to new deal    
Toronto FC has signed some of the biggest names ever to play in MLS, and it's ...
CCL: Portland Timbers' ouster 'hurts'    
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter put it best. The Timbers' 1-1 tie with Saprissa that knocked ...
What They're Saying: Luis Enrique    
"We saw Messi play like a kid in the school playground today." -- Barcelona coach Luis ...
Roster: U.S. U-16 boys head to France    
U.S. U-16 boys national team coach Shaun Tsakiris has named a 20-player roster for the Val-de-Marne ...
What They're Saying: Howard Webb    
"I could have imagined some less-than-sympathetic person remarking, 'Can we trust Webb on a football field? ...
Video Pick: The lighter side of Jose Mourinho    
Jose Mourinho took on English comedian John Bishop in a charity joke-off for "Stand Up To ...
Survey: Coaching Compensation in the USA     
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America have partnered on a research ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives