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."
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