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Gio Reyna sidelined 1-2 weeks with muscle injury


Gio Reyna’s early exit from the U.S. men’s national team’s goal-less draw with Saudi Arabia will now keep him out of Borussia Dortmund’s return to Bundesliga action.

Reyna is expected to miss seven-to-ten days due to a muscle injury, Dortmund manager Edin Terzic confirmed Thursday. The 19-year-old attacker suffered the injury in the USMNT’s 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in Spain, which forced him off the field in the 30th minute.

“We hope that he’s available to us after the Sevilla game,” Terzic said Thursday in his pre-match press conference.

Reyna missed majority of the 2021-22 campaign for both Borussia Dortmund and the USMNT due to consistent hamstring injuries, but has recently earned consistent playing time in the early stage of the new campaign. He assisted twice in a 3-0 Champions League group stage win over FC Kobenhaven on Sept. 6 and has overall made six appearances in all competitions.

Reyna has totaled 10 goals and 14 assists in 83 combined appearances for Dortmund since debuting for the first team in 2020.

Reyna will miss Saturday’s league clash with Cologne and next week’s Champions League trip to Sevilla before hopefully returning ahead of Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich on Oct. 8. Borussia Dortmund is second in the Bundesliga table with 15 points earned, two points behind leaders Union Berlin.


  1. I hope that Reyna opts out of the World Cup. His bread and butter is with Dortmund and he shouldn’t risk that for the World Cup. He probably couldn’t last the tournament anyway. Take the month off, get healthy, earn a big next contract and play in 2026. With the expanded field we are certain to make it even if Berhalter is still in charge.

  2. “Gio Reyna sidelined one-to-two weeks…..”. So that begs the question:
    As players return to training from muscle injury, ahead of a potential restart to competitive action, how long will it take to regain full fitness?

    The answer: Between 2 to 6 weeks. There is also one underlying consensus and that is match fitness is almost impossible to reach without competitive games. So how long will he REALLY out for? When he’s back, how much playing time or how many league games will he get with the first team? Does Dortmund plan to bring him to game fitness gradually which means little playing time?

    Like we didn’t already have it bad….smh

  3. Reyna is now listed as 6’1″ tall. I recall he was shorter that that just a year or two ago. When I coached teenagers, I often saw that when they had rapid growth spurts they developed an array of muscle injuries. 2 or 3 inches in a year is not really a big spurt, but it did come late and that may be the root cause of his injuries. If so, the good news is he will get past them, the bad news for the USMNT is in may take a while.

    I recall Michael Bradley had a growth spurt as he moved from Bradenton to the Metrostars and developed a knee problem that had him miss most or all of his first professional season.

    • Interesting theory! Reyna has a slumped shoulder and head posture especially incorporated in his gate. I am positive part of his physical therapy involves changing his gate, strengthening muscles, and improving his balance. All it could take is lapsing into his old gate or foot plant for an injury. Interested to know if the muscle tear is re-occurring to the same region? Really hope he can get healthy and put some miles on his body prior to the World Cup.

    • He wasn’t 5’10 last year. He’s maybe grown an inch since turning pro in 2019. It’s hard to tell with soccer players their measurements aren’t always well reported. A June 2021 article had him at 185 cm or 6’0.8”. Washington Post dated Nov 2020 list him as 6’1”.

  4. I was going to compare Reyna to John O’Brien, but I think O’Brien did more than I think we will see of Reyna in the WC. He certainly seems injury prone. If he could stay healthy, he might be one of our best, but it doesn’t look like he can stay healthy. If anything, the US should not count on his availability.


      Yes, yes, yes!!!!! As a wingback that is known for always overlapping deep in attack on the wing and having played in a 4-3-3 system for Barcelona that would make so much sense……with Deondre Yedlin playing RB behind him. I strongly think he’d be a better option at RW (in a 4-3-3 system) than De La Torre (Japan) or Kevin Acosta (against Saudi) or even McKennie (against Uruguay). There will be a lot of “speed” and coverage on that side plus he wouldn’t have to cover so much ground contributing in attack and defense.

      love that idea

  5. Here’s my question. Can we really rely on Reyna in this WC? For me Reyna isn’t a starter. He is a last 15 to 20 minute sub for this WC. Just how the cookie is crumbling for Reyna right now. His dad had muscle/hamstring issues throughout his career too.


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