Do you have something to prove, Gio? Reyna scores venomous half-volley from the edge of the box on his return to Borussia Dortmund after limited US role in the World Cup
Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna made an immediate impact on his return to the home team this weekend when he netted in a fierce half-volley from the edge of the box.
The 20-year-old got USMNT fans excited for the World Cup after his performances in Germany, but he played a very limited role for his country in Qatar.
Reports emerged on Sunday night that Reyna is unknown USA head coach Gregg Berhalter was nearly sent home from the tournament.
Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna fired with a beautiful half-volley from the edge of the penalty area on Saturday
Reyna is back with his home team after playing a supporting role with the USMNT in Qatar
The striker played just 52 minutes as the USMNT crashed in the round of 16, losing 3-1 to the Netherlands.
USA fans were outraged by Reyna’s omission during the competition, while former USA defenseman Alexi Lalas questioned why Berhalter left him out of every starting eleven.
Reyna was back in action for the domestic team on Saturday as Dortmund took part in the Winter International Cup, facing Rapid Bucharest, followed by Fiorentina.
Reyna reacts after the US lost 3-1 to the Netherlands and crashed during the last 16 stage of the World Cup
The son of Claudio Reyna needed little time outside the box before he made a nice half volley with his right foot and won the opening game 2-1.
Berhalter, who came under scrutiny for letting Reyna out, has claimed he nearly sent an unnamed player home from the World Cup.
“At this last World Cup we had a player who clearly fell short of expectations, both on and off the field. One of 26 players, so it stood out. As staff, we sat together for hours to discuss what we were going to do with this player,” he said during a briefing on the Charter.
“We were ready to book a plane ticket home, it was that extreme. And the bottom line was we were going to have another conversation with him, and part of the conversation was how we were going to act from now on. There will be no more violations.
“But the other thing we said to him was, you’re going to have to apologize to the group, but it’s going to have to say why you’re apologizing. It’s going to have to go deeper than just “Guys, I’m sorry.” And I prepared the leadership group with this.
“I said, ‘Okay, this guy is going to apologize to you as a group, to the whole team.’ And what was fantastic about this whole thing is that after he apologized, they stood up one by one and said, “Listen, it hasn’t been good enough. You haven’t lived up to our expectations of a teammate and we want to see Modify.”
“They really took that process into their own hands. And from that day on there were no more problems with this player.’
Reports emerged that Reyna is the unknown star who almost sent Gregg Berhalter home