'Huge talent' Gio Reyna signs with Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund confirmed the registration of U.S. U-17 national team star Gio Reyna, the son of former American star Claudio Reyna.

Reyna is only 16 but eligible to sign since he holds a Portuguese passport from his grandmother's ties to Portugal.

Reyna scored six goals for the USA at the Concacaf U-17 Championship, where it lost to Mexico, 2-1, in the final. In June, he trained with the U.S. U-23s in Utah.

Reyna played in the NYCFC academy -- where his father is sporting director -- before joining Dortmund last season. He was only allowed to train but will now begin his career with the Dortmund U-19s.

''He plays in central midfield and is without doubt a huge talent," Dortmund academy director Lars Ricken said in a statement.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the signing of of Switzerland youth international Bradley Fink.

"We're delighted that they've opted for Borussia Dortmund," said Ricken. "Everyone at BVB is convinced that these two transfers show great promise."
26 comments about "'Huge talent' Gio Reyna signs with Borussia Dortmund".
  1. Wooden Ships, July 2, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

    Why BVB, Germany? His skill set seems more suited to Portugal, Spain, Italy. Will the German way enhance or hinder his creative development? Will they coach the 10 out of him? 

  2. frank schoon replied, July 2, 2019 at 12:39 p.m.

    Ships, I  don't`understand it either

  3. Arnold Ramirez replied, July 3, 2019 at 10:23 p.m.

    I guess you guys know more than his father as to where his son has to go. Incredible.

  4. Wooden Ships replied, July 4, 2019 at 11:47 a.m.

    Keep reading Arnold, you’ve missed the jist. 

  5. Kevin Leahy, July 2, 2019 at 9:27 a.m.

    Historically creative players do well @ Dortmund.

  6. frank schoon replied, July 2, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.

    kevin., creative? Well at least he'd be in shape

  7. R2 Dad replied, July 2, 2019 at 8:12 p.m.

    Frank, maybe it's been a while since you've followed the Bundesliga but I think only the bottom 3rd of the table fits your idea of German football. RB Leipzig, Shalke, Dortmund and BMunich have all shown much better football than I think you're giving them credit. I recall during the 15-18 seasons BVB protected Pulisic from these relegation teams and derbies, to protect him from the aggro involved. So it's down to each team and how they handle their youth players.

  8. frank schoon replied, July 3, 2019 at 10:29 a.m.

    R2, Yes, it has improved but you'll never get that particular DNA out of German soccer. I good example was when  Guardiola was at Bayern, he was the make a lot of changes in the thinking of how players play and should train. He  even though he changed and emphasized not  running a lot and instead made it about ball movement. The german players would come to him and ask or pleaded with him even though after their success they wanted run and show more fight...it's part of the German psyche, just like in England...you can't change that.
    And ever since Gaurdiola has left Germany, the influence of his style of play is almost gone. That's what happened in Holland once Cruyff left Holland much of the style he expounded began to lose and that is why we had the Cruyffian revolution at Ajax. The German national no longer play like they did at WC'14....

  9. Right Winger, July 2, 2019 at 10:28 a.m.

    He can be as creative as he can but Germany is not the place to be if that is his game, especially if he started his career in the US now matter what is blood lines are.   Portugal would have been good, Spain would have been better.  You look at the youngsters that have gone directly from the states to Spain and look how Spain has developed them for the long run.  

    Look at what Spain did to Germany in the U21 Championship.  The score was 2-1 Spain but the score does not tell the story.  Spain ran all over Germany making them look silly.

  10. Seth Vieux replied, July 2, 2019 at 10:49 a.m.

    Which youngsters went from the states to start off in Spain?

  11. Seth Vieux, July 2, 2019 at 10:52 a.m.

    BVB has shown they are far more willing to give young talented players a chance than just about any other top flight club. Gripping as usual but not one of you has listed an actual club that would have been a clearly better option. So come on guys, which Spanish/Portuguese/Italian side should he have signed with instead?

  12. Wooden Ships replied, July 2, 2019 at 11:44 a.m.

    Seth, I don’t necessarily disagree with you or R2 and far be it from me to question anything that Claudio recommends for his son. What I was throwing out there had to do more with what our (USMNT) is going to play like in the years ahead. I definitely prefer his moving to Germany over England, but both nations are pretty much high octane. Our greatest defiency is comfort on the ball, for all field players. Having our players be able to dictate pace and rhythm in a match is dependent upon skill level and knowing. It isn’t CP’s game to be patient and it shows at times. Gio, is one of the few coming up that is what I call soft footed and can operate in a 360. I’m not griping just wishing there more like him. 

  13. Seth Vieux replied, July 2, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

    Ships it’s honestly amazing to me that while we’ve succeeded in improving the technical ability of backs, we’ve not produced a similar improvement in the technical ability of CMs/wings/strikers. Zardes is apparently our true #1 striker....would anyone consider him an upgrade over McBride? Is Arriola, apparently our top wing, remotely as advanced as Donovan, or even Earnie Stewart?? And it really seems to me that we don’t have a natural ACM/10 anywhere close in the pipeline that could compare to the technical ability or situational awareness of Reyna or Ramos. I like Pomykal but am not convinced he’s a natural 10 either. Have only seen extended highlights / recruiting videos on young Reyna. Understanding he’s just a young teenager in them, they really didn’t blow my doors off. I am hopeful he gets there, but think he’s going to have his work cut out for him to earn minutes with BVB U19s for at least a little while.

  14. frank schoon replied, July 2, 2019 at 12:48 p.m.

    Ships, You  are so right. A high octane type of club and comfort on the ball don't mix.
    Granted ,where he is going is better than staying in the MLS. I would much rather have him learn and play in Holland than in Germany...It is just too much running, "stampen und laugen" and fighting. I would like to know what other teams were interested in him....Weah seems to have had problems with PSG and the German coach who coached Dortmunt, and now he is with Celtic another 'stampfen und laufen" high octane team. .. You notice all of our boys either go to Germany or England, high octane ,fight soccer ,which unfortunately fits the style of US soccer as well. 

  15. Bob Ashpole replied, July 2, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.

    I see the problem too. He won't likely reach his full potential as an attacking player developing in Germany.

    I think getting wrapped up in concern about a roleplayer "10" position is a mistake in how to view the game and player development. While some players have flaws limiting their utility, we ought to be thinking about developing all aspects of a player to reach their full potential. I don't see any benefit during advanced development to break down skillsets below a more general level (keeper, CB, CM, CF, and flanker).

  16. R2 Dad, July 2, 2019 at 11 a.m.

    Credit to Dortmund, they have seen the opportunity of top US/UK prospects and are bringing them through at 17, 18. Maybe this happens with Spanish players in La Liga and Portugese in Liga NOS but BVB has made it their business model. Staffed with top coaches,  usually enjoying the majority of possession, The Yellow Wall and 80,000 fans at home, playing a 4-2-3-1 with an aging Gotze at the 10--there is a clear path ahead should Reyna make the transition. And there is always Reus, who they like to put anywhere in the attack. But everything has to align perfectly for it to happen for Reyna the way it did for Pulisic and Sancho. It will take longer for him to bed in at the center of midfield, so it will be hard to know for at least 2 years if he will stick.

  17. Seth Vieux replied, July 2, 2019 at 11:40 a.m.

    Marco Reus has a stranglehold on BVB’s 10 when he’s healthy. But they rotate quite a lot a both wings, the striker, and both DCMs. Reyna is 16, he’s not going to start playing first team #10 minutes for many years even if he’s absolutely skyrocketing in development. Not sure there’s a teenage, or even very young 20s getting real minutes at the 10 anywhere in a top flight competition. 

  18. beautiful game, July 2, 2019 at 1:44 p.m.

    Always opinionated complaints about which European team gifted young American players choose. This was not a spontaneous decision, give it a rest and wish Gio well as Dortmund has been a revelation for its development system.

  19. Christopher Tierney, July 2, 2019 at 3:49 p.m.

    Guessing Claudio and family are a little more informed than folks in this commentary section.

  20. J C replied, July 2, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

    I'm assuming Claudio knows what his best options are, and probably has a better handle on what is best for him. And it isn't as if we know he actually had any interest from Spanish teams (they seem to show little regard for Americans), so the whole debate is likely moot.


    That being said, Dortmund has been the best high-level European team if you are a young talent looking to get league playing time. What other European power regularly starts several under-20 players?


    This is a great day for the kid. Looking forward to see him down the road.

  21. R2 Dad replied, July 2, 2019 at 8:01 p.m.

    CT, I'd also assume the Hyndmans knew a thing or two about player development, but EH spent his formative years in England and Scotland, so maybe not? 

  22. Kevin Leahy, July 2, 2019 at 9:26 p.m.

    JC you got it right. Didn't hear of any offers from Spain or Portugal. Think the Reyna's can take care of their own!

  23. Eamon Kavanagh, July 3, 2019 at 2:46 p.m.

    you don’t think pulisic developed nicely at dortmund?

  24. Wooden Ships replied, July 3, 2019 at 3:46 p.m.

    Eamon, I do for the type of player he is. And, at this time he is our most dangerous/effective attacking player. However, he is not the type of player to be inside, he doesn’t have swivel, he relies upon pace. Whereas, Gio has a natural smoothness while dribbling. When I speak of smoothness/swivel, I’m reminded constantly in the Gold Cup and CONCACAF of virtually all these countries players have better ball skills than the US players. We’ve had very few skilled players in the ball in 50 years. Claudio was one and he left Virginia to join Leverkusen, so it does seem natural for Gio. Aside from Tab and Hugo before, there hasn’t been a competent/comfortable dribbler in our mid. Again, my initial post was just a wondering aloud regarding a promising possession type player that can orchestrate from the center. 

  25. Bob Ashpole replied, July 4, 2019 at 1:09 a.m.

    For what it is worth, I agree with you Ships. 

    The only difference is while you wish for one, I dream of three. Crazy right?

  26. Wooden Ships replied, July 4, 2019 at 10:32 a.m.

    Definitely agree there Bob and with Seth’s observation regarding all field players. And, for those griping at mine and a couple others questioning a Bundesliga move, slow your roll. The Reyna family are great, I wish Gio nothing but the best and again my questioning of league choice was more to check the pulse of fellow SA readers/posters and the acknowledgement that many gifted dribblers get lost or chewed up and spit out while developing here in club soccer. Happy Independence Day everyone.

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