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Gio Reyna is now playing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Soccer runs in the blood of 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna—"the scion of American soccer royalty.'


His father is Claudio Reyna, who gained national attention in the '90s and early 2000s for his time on the United States National team and playing overseas. In 2019, Claudio was named Sports Director of Austin FC after serving in the same role for New York FC. During his time, the club made the conference semifinals four of the five years that Claudio was at the helm.



Giovanni's mother, Danielle Egan, played her college career at North Carolina alongside the likes of American soccer greats Mia Hamm, Tisha Venturini and Kristine Lilly.

Now, attention is on Giovanni, who has been listed as among the "60 best young talents" by The Guardian. He joined New York FC while his dad was still there, playing with City FC Academy until he moved to Borussia Dortmund's academy in Germany last year. In February, Giovanni became the youngest U.S. player in Bundesliga history to make a start for his club getting called up.

"He's much more of an athlete than I was, much more of a goal scorer," Claudio Reyna said. "He's very technical and has a good feel for the game. He has a great free-kick and can strike a ball well. Danielle was a great runner—and he's a runner."

"My parents say I got the best of both of them," Giovanni said.

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