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U.S. youth Gio Reyna promoted to first team at Borussia Dortmund

Reyna scored his first goal for Dortmund’s senior team on Saturday in a friendly.

Giovanni Reyna could soon be the next American to play in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund announced Wednesday that it had promoted Reyna to its first team after the 17-year-old had an impressive six months for the German side’s youth teams.

Reyna joined Dortmund in the summer of 2019 after the German side signed him away from New York City FC’s youth academy, where he had been a stud.

He’s been stellar in his time with Dortmund’s U-19 team, tallying eight goals and eight assists in 16 appearances.

“He presented himself well (at training camp) in Marbella, that’s why we want to put him on a much higher level at training,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement. “We want to develop him to a full-fledged player of Borussia Dortmund.”

With U.S. youth national teams — across U-17, U-16 and U-15 levels — Reyna has notched 13 goals in 22 games. He played in three matches with the U.S. at the 2019 U-17 World Cup.

Reyna has already appeared for Dortmund’s senior side in non-Bundesliga competition. On Saturday, he played and scored in a friendly against Dutch side Feyenoord. Reyna received a pass on the left side of the box, sliced by one defender and then put home a goal inside the far post.

An attacking midfielder who has also featured as a left winger, he is the son of former U.S. national team midfielder and captain Claudio Reyna, who played for Stars and Stripes at three World Cups. He is now the sporting director of 2021 MLS expansion side Austin FC.

Reyna has also been named to manager Lucien Favre’s 31-man roster for UEFA Champions League play too.

“He doesn’t have any difficulties with the kind of football we want to play,” Favre said of Reyna.

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