Giovanni Alejandro Reyna (born November 13, 2002) is an American professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the United States national team. He is known for his playmaking, positioning, and dribbling abilities.
Parents and family
Giovanni Reyna was born to Claudio Reyna, his father and Danielle Egan, his mother.
He is the second of four children born to his mother, Danielle Egan Reyna and to his father, Claudio Reyna.
Reyna was born in Sunderland, England to American parents, Claudio Reyna and Danielle Reyna, when his father was playing for Sunderland A.F.C. Both of his parents are former soccer players who played for the United States men’s and women’s national teams, respectively. His family moved back to the United States, settling in Bedford, New York, in 2007 when Giovanni was five. Giovanni joined the academy team of his hometown club, New York City FC, in 2015 and kept playing with the City FC Academy teams until 2019 when he moved to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund’s academy.
The midfielder has three siblings whom he grew up with. They include his older brother Jack and younger siblings – Joah and Carolina.
Giovanni is the son of former Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City, New York Red Bulls, and United States player Claudio Reyna, and Danielle Reyna, a former member of the United States women’s national soccer team. Reyna is of Argentine-Portuguese descent through father’s parents and of Irish-American descent through his mother. His older brother, Jack, died of brain cancer in 2012, at the age of 13.
Reyna was born in Sunderland, England, while his father was playing for Sunderland. Reyna started his international career by playing with the United States’ youth teams, but after impressing with Borussia Dortmund, he attracted interest from the Portuguese, English, and Argentine national teams. Ultimately, in a March 2020 interview with Sports Illustrated, Reyna declared his intent to play for the United States: “I’m aware of the rumors, but it’s quite clear for me. I only want to play for the United States. That’s my home country.”
He was named after his father’s former Rangers teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Reyna’s high level of play has earned him the nickname “The American Dream” by former teammate Erling Haaland.
Wife and Children
Giovanni Reyna is at the moment currently single and not yet married.
Giovanni Reyna also has no child at the moment.
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