Gio Reyna earns standing ovation after historic Bundesliga performance

In his short Bundesliga career, Gio Reyna has not had a performance like he did on Saturday.

The 17-year-old American contributed three assists to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 4-0 win over Freiburg, exiting to a standing ovation from Dortmund fans.

Reyna set up buddy Erling Haaland for two goals, and floated a corner kick into the penalty area for Emre Can to head into the goal. What was amazing was Reyna could have had a couple of more assists before he left the game in the 80th minute.

The two assists on Haaland's goals showcased so many of Reyna's attributes, his ability to find open space, hold off opponents, find his teammates and hit weighted passes.

Reyna became the first teenager to record such a hat trick since the Bundesliga began recording assists. He has been involved in five of Dortmund's seven goals this season, having also scored the first goal and drawn a penalty kick for the second goal in Dortmund's 3-0 season-opening win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Oct. 3 in Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund 4 Freiburg 0. Goals: Haaland 31, 60, Can 47, Passlack 90+2.
Borussia Dortmund -- Hitz; Can, Hummels, Akanji; Meunier (Passlack 84), Bellingham (Delaney 71), Witsel, Guerreiro (Schulz 84); Reus (Brandt 71), Reyna (Reinier 80); Haaland.
Freiburg -- Mueller; Gulde (Schlotterbeck 55), Lienhart, Heintz; Schmid (Kuebler 84), Santamaria, Hoefler, Guenter; Sallai (Grifo 55), Petersen (Kwon 55), Hoeler (Jeong 55).
5 comments about "Gio Reyna earns standing ovation after historic Bundesliga performance".
  1. Bob Ashpole, October 3, 2020 at 6:17 p.m.

    Shock and awe. Why is it only Dortman puts together young teams?

  2. R2 Dad replied, October 3, 2020 at 11:51 p.m.

    At first it was out of necessesity, when their finances went south around 2003. After 5 years of sucking, they hired Klopp who built around young players and now continue to build young, exciting teams. Some players come through their academy (Pulisic, Reyna, Moukoko)  and some through smart transfers of promising young guys (Sancho, Akanji, Haaland, Bellingham), vets (Delaney, Witsel, Hummels), loans (Batshuayi, Alcacer, Hakimi, Can) or free (Zagadou, Meunier). Now they are known for their youth development program, giving opportunity to budding stars. Their overall expenditure the past 4 years places them 17th in total spend, netting them $123M (third in profitability below Lyon at $162M and Roma at $127M, two other smartly-run organizations).  

  3. R2 Dad replied, October 4, 2020 at 12:10 a.m.

    That's Monaco, not Roma at $127M. But it's too painful for managers in many leagues to play youngsters as their job is usually precarious. Unless you are City (where you can lose $485M in 4 years), or have built your organization to handle 120-150 new players during that time like Juve/Chelsea/Napoli/Milan/Inter while losing over $200M, you aren't going to be able to compete unless you're disciplined (Monaco/Lyon/Dortmund/Benfica/Ajax/Sporting/Porto). Or you gamble on the Yoda of football to bring your storied club back from the dead (Leeds).

  4. beautiful game replied, October 4, 2020 at 9:42 a.m.

    Unlike big and hungry clubs led by narcissists which spend big bigs in the open market, Dortmund has a business model in place of people, process, and product. 

  5. Nick Gabris, October 4, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

    Nice to see a son following in his fathers footsteps, but also making a name for himself. GO GIO!

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