Gio Reyna's Dortmund call-up is no 'Marketinggag'

Gio Reyna isn't the first young American a European club has brought along on its summer tour.

At only 16, Reyna, the son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, had played only one preseason game for Borussia Dortmund's U-19s when he was added to its roster for its two-game U.S. tour.

It looked like what the German magazine kicker called a "Marketinggag," a marketing gimmick.

But it quickly became apparent Reyna wasn't there to tag along. Dortmund's coaches had called up the U.S. U-17 star for a reason.

He came on in the second half of the 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders and started in the 3-2 victory against Liverpool in South Bend, Indiana, assisting on the first goal by Paco Alcacer.

Plans are for Reyna to return to the Dortmund U-19s but he could be back with the first team sooner rather than later.

"Gio is already very good and he made a big impression," Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre. "He doesn't have any difficulties with the kind of football we want to play."

Photo: Lindsey Wasson / Sounders FC Communications

13 comments about "Gio Reyna's Dortmund call-up is no 'Marketinggag'".
  1. Right Winger, July 23, 2019 at 3:31 p.m.

    I am really curious as to why you felt it was necessary to clarify why this young man was with the team.  Seems strange to me.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, July 23, 2019 at 7:43 p.m.

    Because the German press said it was a marketing ploy implying that Reyna did not deserve this opportunity to train and play with the first team.

  3. frank schoon, July 23, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.

    PSG did the same thing with Weah last year. They took used him on the American tour and dropped him once the season began.  Reyna is only 16 and therefore it is a marketing ploy, for he obviously won’t be  with first team coming next season

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, July 23, 2019 at 7:46 p.m.

    Clubs that are good at player development don't isolate their reserves and youth teams. Mixing the groups intelligently plays dividends for development, just like street soccer.

  5. frank schoon replied, July 24, 2019 at 1:58 a.m.

    Bob, the only reason you will find Reyna playing with Dortmunt in front of the American fans this summer is marketing just like what happened to Weah last summer. This has nothing to do with development. As true player development goes , a 16 year doesn’t need to be with the first team ,unless he’s a Johan Cruyff type which he isn’t  by a long shot. He will have plenty of experiences coming up with older , better ,faster, smarter youth players at Dortmund before he is even ready to experience the first team.

  6. Mike Beaudry replied, July 25, 2019 at 1:21 a.m.

    I wouldn"t be so sure Frank; This  kid from a very high pedigree has been around the game his whole life has had his dad to oversee his training n progress a former captain of Man City n along with Ramos. Donovan, Pulisic. n Dempsey the the US has ever developed, The kid has stood as not only the best American player but one of the best if not the best player in every international competition he has played in, If you watched Dortmund's games he has gained more minutes in each game  n does not look even remotely over his head. If our national team coach has a frigging brain in his head he will get a shot at the full national team next year n he definitely will break into the Dortmund lineup this year barring injury!

  7. Mike Beaudry replied, July 25, 2019 at 1:21 a.m.

    I wouldn"t be so sure Frank; This  kid from a very high pedigree has been around the game his whole life has had his dad to oversee his training n progress a former captain of Man City n along with Ramos. Donovan, Pulisic. n Dempsey the the US has ever developed, The kid has stood as not only the best American player but one of the best if not the best player in every international competition he has played in, If you watched Dortmund's games he has gained more minutes in each game  n does not look even remotely over his head. If our national team coach has a frigging brain in his head he will get a shot at the full national team next year n he definitely will break into the Dortmund lineup this year barring injury!

  8. Richard Rodriguez, July 23, 2019 at 6:11 p.m.

    Not necessarily a marketing ploy. Many European teams use pre-season to give young players some first team game time and then have them play on youth/reserve teams once the season starts.

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, July 23, 2019 at 7:49 p.m.

    But to put it in perspective, the bringing of the team to the US is of course a marketing strategy.

  10. Right Winger, July 23, 2019 at 10:30 p.m.

    Bob did you have knowledge that the German press had any comments concerning it being a market ploy before you read it on here?  I don’t think so.  I don’t think their is a great market for the German press here in the US.  Do you.  We wouldn’t have known a thing about it if it hadn’t been brought up here.  Why do you think we even mentioned it.  




  11. Bob Ashpole replied, July 24, 2019 at 6:38 a.m.

    No, but you got me curious so I looked up the article. They actually said that his presence was "far more" than a marketting ploy. I do occassionally read the Guardian and Kicker. I check the BBC every day. 

  12. Right Winger, July 25, 2019 at 12:13 p.m.

    Well if the German press said it was more than a marketing play why would US Soccer print an article that said that they did.  Do you understand what I am implying here?

  13. Bob Ashpole replied, July 25, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.

    That someone's translation was erroneous?

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