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Gio Reyna scores stunning first pro goal, in Dortmund’s DFB Pokal loss to Werder Bremen

Gio Reyna’s integration into Borussia Dortmund’s first team has been a smooth one, with the 17-year-old earning regular appearances off the bench since the German giant returned from winter break.

What Reyna hadn’t done yet is score his first professional goal, at least not until Tuesday, when he unleashed a beauty of a right-footed curler to open his Dortmund scoring account.

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The goal couldn’t keep Dortmund from falling to Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen, which held on for a 3-2 DFB Pokal win, but the tally showed off the considerable talent that has helped the young American break through at such a strong team.

The New York City FC academy product and son of former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Claudio Reyna has played in all four official matches Borussia Dortmund has played so far in 2020, including all three Bundesliga matches.

Tuesday marked his most significant playing time to date, as he played 24 minutes in the Dortmund defeat.

Borussia Dortmund returns to action on Saturday in a big Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen.


  1. Reyna’s whole 24 minutes was great. The goal was truly impressive. Of course, he is only 17 and one of Bremen’s defenders shook him like a rag in what I (and the announcers) thought shoud have drawn a penalty and probably a red card.

    When he gets a bit bigger (and he will), it will be interesting to see him stand up to the physicality of the game a bit better, Meanwhile, I hope he manages to avoid injury, the big bugaboo of developing soccer talent.

  2. Google the game and watch the full highlights. He also came close to scoring right after subbing on, and used a nice interplay to take the ball to the end line before playing a perfect pass that should have been put away for the game-tying goal.

    • LoL. Imperative- with all due respect- you’re not exactly alone w/ high praise for Reyna. I still think a call up anytime prior would have been too premature. He has needed and still does need to be hyper-focused/spend as much time as possible w/ his club- one of the better places in the world to develop. Certainly- he keeps this rolling- we’ll see him very soon.

  3. Haha “Reyna scores his first pro goal” might be the understatement of the century. Still trying to find the right superlative for that goal…


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