Gio Reyna is blocking out the noise for Dortmund

It’s no secret that US men’s soccer is in turmoil.

After being knocked out of the World Cup in Qatar, tensions over Gio Reina’s place in the team escalated into blackmail allegations. As we announced earlier this month, USMNT head coach. Greg Verhalter has spoken out about a domestic violence incident that kicked his wife Rosalind during his college days. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind. One night, while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I got into a violent argument outside. It got physical and I kicked her leg.

In bringing this case to light, Berhalter said, in his words, “[d]During the World Cup, an individual contacted US Soccer and said he had information that “broke me”. This appears to be an attempt to use something very personal from quite some time to end my relationship with US football.

Who are the other parties involved? Gio Reina’s parents, Daniel and Claudio Reina.

Daniel and Rosalind were roommates in college, and Claudio and Verhalter played together in high school and in the USMNT, but have now broken up, threatening both their friendship and potentially the USMNT. .

In the middle of this is young and talented midfielder Gio Reyna. Reyna is still clocking in as the USMNT moves forward to host his 2026 World Cup. Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

And he seems to put all the noise behind him.

In Sunday’s match against Augsburg, Reina came on as a second-half substitute in a tie. It didn’t take long for him to change that:

Reina’s sensitive first touches and hard-hitting strikes gave Dortmund the lead in the closing stages and his side held on for victory.

And injury time against Mainz on Wednesday:

2 games. Two winners from Reyna.

After scoring the goal against Augsburg, Reina cheered and drove off, putting her hands over her ears as if to physically block out the noise. As he did, a commentator remarked, “…and that’s how you respond to critics.”

USMNT may now be dealing with internal soap operas. But the young player in the middle is quietly going about his business…and doing very well.

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