Citing sources, Goal.com'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
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