Report: Giovanni Reyna will bypass MLS for Borussia Dortmund

Citing sources,'s Ives Galarcep reported that U.S. U-17 star Giovanni Reyna will join Borussia Dortmund's academy after he turns 16 in November.

Reyna's move would be similar to that of Christian Pulisic, who signed with Dortmund when he was 16.

They were able to sign before they turned 18 because both possess EU passports via grandparents -- Reyna via his grandmother (Portuguese) and Pulisic via his grandfather (Croatia).

FIFA rules allow players to move within EU countries when they are 16. Players from other countries must otherwise wait until they are 18 to register with a team in a different country from where they reside.

What is different about Reyna's move is that he has been playing for an MLS academy team -- New York City FC, where his father, former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, is director of football operations.

Pulisic, who played for PA Classics, was at the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, that has since been shut down.
10 comments about "Report: Giovanni Reyna will bypass MLS for Borussia Dortmund".
  1. Goal Goal, August 17, 2018 at 12:55 p.m.

    Seems like a slap in the face to MLS.  So what is being said is the MLS is not where its at.  Help.

  2. don Lamb replied, August 17, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

    It's no secret that Dortmund could be a better place to develop for a very top end player. That does not mean it is the best place for every player to develop, and it doesn't mean that it is a slap in the face to MLS. Hopefully MLS can overtake Dortmund over time in this regard, but I don't think that anyone is suggesting that is the case currently.

  3. Ric Fonseca, August 17, 2018 at 1:46 p.m.

    Someone please tell, me that Giovani Reyna would've gotten selected if he was not related to Claudio Reyna?  

  4. beautiful game replied, August 17, 2018 at 7:18 p.m.

    Ric F...IMHO, I certainly doubt BD would accept him based on lineage got a bone to pick with Claudio or is it an "educated" assessment?

  5. don Lamb replied, August 17, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.

    He's been dominating U19s as a 15 yo. He's one of the best US prospects in his birth year for sure.

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, August 18, 2018 at 11:57 p.m.

    Ric I think it is more fair to say that a known name gets you noticed, but doesn't get you hired.

  7. Goal Goal, August 18, 2018 at 3:51 p.m.

    The kid is an outstanding player.  No question.  But contacts and lineage are important in getting attention.  There are several kids making it to Europe with Germany and Spain they just don’t get the press.  Some just recently but no mention here.  Fact of life Ric.

  8. Goal Goal, August 18, 2018 at 5:03 p.m.

    Don just an FYI.  Has played well in the 19’s but dominating is a push

  9. don Lamb replied, August 18, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.

    word. I thought he was conference player of the year for the U19s but it was 17s...

  10. Goal Goal, August 18, 2018 at 9:25 p.m.

    The U17 NT all versions have some outstanding talent with quite a few going to many foreign clubs.  Reyna is just one of them.  

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