In Grant Wahl's 2018 SI.com story on Claudio and Danielle Reyna and their family that lost their oldest son, Jack, to cancer at the age of 13 in 2012, Claudio, the former captain
of the U.S. national team, described how their second oldest son, Gio, then 16, was
different than him:
“He’s much more of an athlete than I was, much more of a goal-scorer. He’s very technical and has a good feel for the game. He has a great free kick
and can strike a ball well. Danielle was a great runner -- and he’s a runner.”
Claudio's words described everything about Gio's first professional goal on Tuesday at the age
17 with one exception.
Gio's goal late in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2
loss at Werder Bremen in the German Cup's round of 16 came from the run of play, not a free kick. He squeezed past three Bremen defenders, Yuya Osako, Leonardo Bittencourt and Davy
Klaassen, froze a fourth, Milos Veljkovic, and then fired a curling a right-footed chance into the upper right-hand corner of the goal leaving keeper Jiri Pavlenka with no chance.
At the age of 17 years, 2 months, 22 days, Reyna became the youngest goal-scorer in the history of the German Cup.
The game marked the fourth straight game Reyna has come off
the bench since Dortmund returned from its winter break. He told Dortmund TV he was always confident about playing with older players.
"I have to play my game and be confident in myself
because I know I’m capable of being here," he said. "That’s why I’m here. I need to do my thing, be creative and play the way I know how to play. I’m still so young so I know
it’s going to take time. I’ve got a lot of goals coming up this season and throughout my career. This season I want to help the team in any way I can, get minutes and hopefully score my
first goals, first assists. And to try to win the Bundesliga this season.”
Tuesday's loss was the first in 2020 after three wins in Bundesliga play that moved Dortmund into third
place, just three points off the lead.
The Bremen game was also the fourth for Dortmund's other teenage newcomer, Erling Haaland. The Norwegian scored the other Dortmund goal to
give him eight goals in four games.