Giovanni Reyna

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Giovanni Reyna
Reyna with Borussia Dortmund in 2020
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Alejandro Reyna[1]
Date of birth (2002-11-13) November 13, 2002 (age 21)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Team information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
(on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
Number 20
Youth career
2015–2019 New York City FC
2019–2020 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020– Borussia Dortmund 90 (13)
2024–Nottingham Forest (loan) 3 (0)
International career
2016–2017 United States U15 11 (7)
2017–2018 United States U16 5 (0)
2018–2019 United States U17 18 (8)
2020– United States 24 (7)
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's soccer
CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Runner-up 2017 Panama
CONCACAF Nations League
Winner 2021 United States
Winner 2023 United States
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of February 24, 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of November 20, 2023

Giovanni Alejandro Reyna (born November 13, 2002) is an American professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Premier League club Nottingham Forest, on loan from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, and the United States national team. Considered one of the best young players in the world,[3][4][5] he is known for his playmaking, positioning, and dribbling abilities.[citation needed]

Reyna began his youth career with his hometown club, New York City FC, and had his breakthrough with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. During the 2019–20 DFB-Pokal he became the youngest scorer in the German Cup's history at the age of 17, and was a part of the team that won the following 2020–21 DFK-Pokal.[6] In 2020 he became the youngest Bundesliga player to create a hat trick of assists.[7] He was on the final shortlist for the 2021 Golden Boy and 2021 Kopa Trophy.[8]

Born to U.S. national team players Claudio Reyna and Danielle Reyna, he has represented the United States at several youth levels, scoring 16 goals in 31 youth caps. Reyna made his debut for the senior team in November 2020 and won the CONCACAF Nations League in 2021 and 2023.[9] Individually he won a U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year award in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Reyna was born in Sunderland, England, to American parents, Claudio Reyna and Danielle Reyna, when his father was playing for Sunderland. Both of his parents are former soccer players, who played for the United States men's and women's national teams, respectively. His family moved back to the United States, settling in Bedford, New York, in 2007 when Reyna was five years old.[10] He joined the academy team of his hometown club, New York City, in 2015 and kept playing with the City academy teams until 2019, when he moved to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund's academy.[11]

Club career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

2019–20 season: Breakthrough[edit]

On January 18, 2020, Reyna made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, in a 5–3 win against FC Augsburg.[12] Hence, he became the youngest American, aged 17 years and 66 days, ever to appear in the Bundesliga, breaking a record previously set by Christian Pulisic.[12]

On February 4, Reyna scored his first professional goal in a 3–2 defeat to Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal Round of 16.[6] In doing so, he became the youngest goalscorer in German Cup history.[6] On February 18, 2020, Reyna became the third-youngest player ever to appear in a knockout game of the UEFA Champions League when he came on as a substitute in the 67th minute against Paris Saint-Germain. Nine minutes later, Reyna set up Erling Haaland's game-winning goal for Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Round of 16, becoming the youngest American to play and record an assist in a Champions League fixture.[13]

On May 16, Reyna was set to start his first Bundesliga match for Borussia Dortmund in their derby against Schalke 04, but suffered a calf injury during warm-ups.[14] Reyna returned on May 23 and played in the final 11 minutes of a 2–0 victory at VfL Wolfsburg.[15]

2020–21 season: DFB-Pokal win[edit]

On September 14, 2020, Reyna started in a DFB-Pokal match and scored with a free kick in a 5–0 win against MSV Duisburg.[16] On September 19, 2020, Reyna scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 3–0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, aged 17 years and 311 days,[17] to become the second youngest American scorer in Bundesliga behind Christian Pulisic, aged 17 years and 211 days.[18]

Reyna playing for Dortmund in 2020.

On October 3, 2020, in his third league appearance of the 2020–21 season, Reyna assisted 3 goals—a brace to Erling Haaland and an Emre Can header from a corner kick, to beat SC Freiburg 4–0.[19] As a result, Reyna became the first American to record a hat trick of assists in one of the 5 major European leagues since Steve Cherundolo did it for Hannover in March 2008, and the youngest player to ever do so in the Bundesliga.[20]

On December 5, Reyna scored his second Bundesliga goal against Eintracht Frankfurt, with a near post finish just inside the 18-yard box. This goal made him the second youngest American to score twice in the league after Christian Pulisic did so for the same club as Reyna, Borussia Dortmund.[21] On December 22, he was voted the U.S. Soccer's Young Male Player of the Year for 2020.[22]

Reyna was a second-half substitute for Dortmund in their 4–1 victory over RB Leipzig in the 2021 DFB-Pokal Final on May 13, 2021. His involvement in the match marks him as the youngest American to appear in a domestic cup final in Europe, a record previously held by his international teammate Christian Pulisic.[23]

2021–22 season: Injuries[edit]

On July 28, 2021, Dortmund announced that Reyna would wear the number 7 shirt for the upcoming season, previously worn by Jadon Sancho.[24]

On August 27, he became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga appearances during the league match against Hoffenheim.[25]

Reyna suffered a series of injuries that caused him to miss the majority of the 2021–22 season.[26]

2022–23 season: Super sub heroics[edit]

Returning from injuries, on October 22, 2022, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in 421 days against VfB Stuttgart, adding to a 5–0 victory.[27]

On September 6, 2022, Reyna became the first American player to provide two assists in a Champions League match in a 3–0 win against Copenhagen.[28]

On November 5, he scored a penalty goal against VfL Bochum, putting his side up 2–0.[29]

Returning from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, on January 22, 2023 he scored a game-winning goal off the bench against FC Augsburg in the 78th minute, winning 4–3.[30] A week later, on January 25, he scored another game-winning goal off the bench in stoppage time in the 93rd minute against Mainz 05, winning 2–1.[31] On February 4, he came off the bench and scored his fifth goal of the season against SC Freiburg.[32] On April 15, he scored another stoppage time goal off the bench against VfB Stuttgart, putting Dortmund up 3–2, though the match would end in a 3–3 draw due to another last minute goal by Stuttgart.[33] On May 13, he scored his seventh season goal and fifth substitute goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach, putting his side up 5–2 in the 94th minute.[34]

On May 27, during the final game of the 2022–23 Bundesliga where Dortmund was in first place, Reyna came off the bench in the 63rd minute when Dortmund were 2–0 down against Mainz 05 and created two assists to level the game 2–2. Despite his strong leading efforts, the game ended in a draw and Dortmund was the league runner-up to Bayern.[35] Reyna finished the season with four assists and his highest Bundesliga goal amount with seven goals, five of which were substitute goals.[36] Coming into his final season match against Mainz, Reyna had the second best minute-per-goal ratio of a top five European league player for the 2022–23 season after Erling Haaland.[37]

Nottingham Forest (loan)[edit]

On January 31, 2024, Reyna extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 30, 2026, and was subsequently loaned to Premier League club Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2023–24 season.[38][39] He made his debut for Forest as a 78th-minute substitute for Anthony Elanga in a 1–1 draw against Bournemouth in the Premier League on February 4.[40]

International career[edit]

After representing the United States at several youth levels, Reyna received his first call up to the senior United States squad for matches against Wales and Panama in November 2020.[9] On November 12, 2020, a day before his eighteenth birthday, Reyna made his senior national team debut against Wales.[41] In the following game, a 6–2 friendly victory over Panama, Reyna started and scored his first senior goal directly from a free kick.[42]

On March 24, 2022, during a third-round 2022 World Cup qualification match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, Reyna dribbled past six Mexican defenders in a single run before being dispossessed; after the match it was compared to Diego Maradona's "Goal of the Century" run during the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup, which was also at the Azteca.[43][44]

In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Reyna played only 52 minutes in four games. His sidelining throughout the group stage of the tournament led to speculation from analysts of possible issues within the team.[45] USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter publicly addressed issues regarding an anonymous player for a lack of commitment and poor attitude, and confirmed that the team had held a meeting to determine if that player were to remain with the team in Qatar for the remainder of the tournament.[46] On December 12, 2022, Reyna confirmed that he was the aforementioned player about whom Berhalter was speaking, and apologized for his behavior while criticizing the decision to publicize the information.[47] In January 2023, it was revealed that Berhalter had been confronted during the tournament about damaging personal information that was floated to superiors. Danielle Reyna, Reyna's mother, confirmed that she was the one who informed the U.S. Soccer Federation about the episode of violent behavior between Berhalter and his wife from 1991.[48]

During the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League, Reyna created two assists in the United States' 2-0 victory over Canada in the final, where he was named Man of the Match.[49] On October 17, 2023 he recorded his first international brace in the 4–0 victory over Ghana.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Giovanni is the son of former Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City, New York Red Bulls and United States player Claudio Reyna,[51] and Danielle Reyna, a former member of the United States women's national soccer team.[52] Reyna is of Argentine-Portuguese descent through father’s parents and of Irish-American descent through his mother.[53] His older brother, Jack, died of brain cancer in 2012, at the age of 13.[54]

Reyna started his international career by playing with the United States' youth teams, but after impressing with Borussia Dortmund, he attracted interest from the Portuguese, English and Argentine national teams.[55] Ultimately, in a March 2020 interview with Sports Illustrated, Reyna declared his intent to play for the United States: "I'm aware of the rumors, but it's quite clear for me. I only want to play for the United States. That's my home country."[56]

He was named after his father's former Rangers teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst.[51] Reyna's high level of play has earned him the nickname "The American Dream" by former teammate Erling Haaland.[57] Reyna is close friends with United States teammate Joe Scally, both players began attending the New York City FC youth academy in 2015.[58]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played February 24, 2024[59]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borussia Dortmund 2019–20 Bundesliga 15 0 1 1 2[b] 0 18 1
2020–21 Bundesliga 32 4 5 3 8[b] 0 1[c] 0 46 7
2021–22 Bundesliga 10 2 1 0 1[d] 0 1[c] 0 13 2
2022–23 Bundesliga 22 7 2 0 6[b] 0 30 7
2023–24 Bundesliga 11 0 1 0 2[b] 0 14 0
Total 90 13 10 4 19 0 2 0 121 17
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2023–24 Premier League 3 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 93 13 10 4 19 0 2 0 124 17
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  4. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played November 20, 2023[59][60]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
United States 2020 2 1
2021 7 3
2022 7 0
2023 8 3
Total 24 7
As of match played October 17, 2023.
Scores and results list United States' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Reyna goal.[60]
List of international goals scored by Giovanni Reyna
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 November 16, 2020 Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Austria 2  Panama 1–1 6–2 Friendly
2 March 28, 2021 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 4  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 June 6, 2021 Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, United States 7  Mexico 1–1 3–2 (a.e.t.) 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League
4 June 9, 2021 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States 8  Costa Rica 4–0 4–0 Friendly
5 October 17, 2023 Geodis Park, Nashville, United States 22  Ghana 1–0 4–0 Friendly
6 4–0
7 November 16, 2023 Q2 Stadium, Austin, United States 23  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 3–0 2023–24 CONCACAF Nations League A

Honors[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

United States

Individual

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