Claudio Reyna

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Claudio Reyna
Claudio Reyna.jpg
Reyna in 2008
Personal information
Full name Claudio Reyna
Date of birth (1973-07-20) July 20, 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Austin FC (Sporting Director)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Bayer Leverkusen 26 (0)
1997–1999VfL Wolfsburg (loan) 48 (6)
1999–2001 Rangers 64 (10)
2001–2003 Sunderland 28 (3)
2003–2007 Manchester City 87 (4)
2007–2008 New York Red Bulls 29 (0)
Total 282 (23)
National team
1994–2006 United States 112 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Claudio Reyna (born July 20, 1973) is an American retired soccer player and current Sporting Director of Austin FC.

A former midfielder, he was the captain of the United States men's national team before retiring from international soccer following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is widely considered one of the greatest players the United States has ever produced. Reyna last played for New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, where he was team captain.[2]

Early life[edit]

Reyna's father Miguel moved to the United States in 1968 from Argentina, where he had gone through the youth system of Independiente and played professionally with Los Andes.[3] He settled in Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey in the 1970s, married a Portuguese American woman, Maria Silva, and raised a family.[4] Reyna was born in Livingston, New Jersey, where he learned the game from his father.[5]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In New Jersey, Reyna became a youth player at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, as a teammate of Gregg Berhalter and Robert Ducey. He graduated from St. Benedict's in 1991. During Reyna's three years with the team, St Benedict's went undefeated (65–0) while Reyna was named as the only two-time Parade Magazine's national high school Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. In 1999, he was named by The Star-Ledger as one of the top ten New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1990s.[6]

Highly recruited out of high school, Reyna elected to attend the University of Virginia from 1991 to 1993 on a full scholarship. While at Virginia, he spent three seasons on the men's soccer team, coached by future U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena. The Cavaliers won the NCAA Championship each of his three seasons. On an individual level, Reyna won the Hermann Trophy in 1993 and the MAC Award in 1992 and 1993; and was named the 1992 and 1993 Soccer America Player of the Year. In 2000, the magazine placed him on its Team of the Century and named him the Male Player of the Century.

Leverkusen and Wolfsburg[edit]

On August 8, 1994, Reyna signed with German Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen after playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He had difficulty finding playing time with the Leverkusen first team, making only five appearances. Leverkusen loaned Reyna to fellow Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in July 1997. He quickly established himself in Wolfsburg's first team where he became the first American to captain a European club.[citation needed]

He was halfway through his second year with Wolfsburg when Scottish Premier League club Rangers expressed an interest in Reyna.


On April 1, 1999, Rangers paid $826,400 to Wolfsburg and $2.76 million to Leverkusen for Reyna. Reyna would remain with Rangers until December 2001. Despite building his reputation in Germany and on the national team as a creative midfielder, he spent most of his years at Rangers playing right midfield. He scored thirteen goals for the Ibrox club in all competitions, one of the most notable was a strike that proved decisive over Italian club Parma for qualification for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League.


From Rangers, he transferred to Premier League side Sunderland, who paid £2.85 million for his services.

In October 2002, he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, keeping him out of action for the rest of the 2002–03 season.

Manchester City[edit]

Reyna joined Manchester City on August 29, 2003, for £2.5 million after a move on the same fee to Fulham collapsed.[7]

Reyna's time at City was frequently punctuated by injury, restricting him to thirty appearances in his first season with the club, and causing him to miss six months of the 2004–05 season. In three and a half seasons at the City of Manchester Stadium, Reyna made 87 appearances, scoring four goals and was a popular player with City supporters.

On January 11, 2007, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce announced that the club had agreed to terminate Reyna's contract with a view to a move to Major League Soccer for family reasons. This was finalized on January 23, 2007.[8][9]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On January 24, 2007, Reyna signed with New York Red Bulls, where he rejoined his former University of Virginia and U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena.[2] However, much like his years in Britain, Reyna was almost constantly bothered by injuries. He only played in twenty-seven games during two years with New York and only six games in 2008 as he rehabilitated a herniated disc. Reyna announced his professional retirement on July 16, 2008.[10]

International career[edit]

Reyna practicing with the U.S. national soccer team in 2006.

As a U.S. national player, Reyna got his first cap against Norway on January 15, 1994. He was a member of the team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but did not play due to injury. Reyna did play in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

In 2002, despite sitting out the opening 3–2 upset win over Portugal due to injury, he was a key contributor in the next three U.S. games — a tie against South Korea, a loss to Poland, and a win over CONCACAF rival Mexico. In the quarterfinals, the U.S. lost to eventual runner-up Germany. He became only the third American ever (after Bert Patenaude and John Souza) named to the World Cup all-tournament team.

In 2006, Reyna again captained the U.S. at the World Cup in Germany. Trailing 1–0 in the opener against the Czech Republic, Reyna fired a 30-yard shot that bounced off the post, the best American chance in the game. In the final group game against Ghana, Reyna suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament when he lost the ball to Haminu Draman[11] who then dribbled in alone and scored Ghana's first goal.

On June 23, 2006, the day after the U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup, Reyna announced his retirement from the national team. He ended his international career with 111 caps and eight goals.[12]

Reyna also represented the U.S. at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

In Great Britain, he was occasionally referred to as Captain America because of his status as captain of the U.S. national team.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 April 20, 1994 Davidson, North Carolina  Moldova 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 May 7, 1994 Fullerton, California  Estonia 2–0 4–0 Friendly
3 June 18, 1995 Washington, D.C.  Mexico 4–0 4–0 Friendly
4 June 9, 1996 Foxborough, Massachusetts  Ireland 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5 November 9, 1997 Vancouver, Canada  Canada 1–0 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
6 April 22, 1998 Vienna, Austria  Austria 3–0 3–0 Friendly
7 February 6, 1999 Jacksonville, Florida  Germany 3–0 3–0 Friendly
8 June 3, 2000 Washington, D.C.  South Africa 3–0 4–0 Friendly





Other roles[edit]

New York City FC[edit]

On May 22, 2013, Reyna was appointed Sporting Director of MLS expansion team New York City FC.[14] New York City FC made the conference semifinals four of the five years that Reyna was the Sporting Director. Between 2016 and 2019, New York City FC accumulated 231 points, the most of any team in the league during that time. Reyna left the club in November 2019.

Austin FC[edit]

On November 21, 2019, Reyna was named Sporting Director of another MLS expansion team, Austin FC. Reyna is expected to lead the club into its 2021 inaugural season with his former US national team teammate, Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Reyna married Danielle Egan, then a member of the United States women's national soccer team, in July 1997, one week after attending the FIFA All-Star Game in Hong Kong and two weeks after the U.S. team's World Cup qualifier at El Salvador. They have had four children: Jack (1999–2012), Giovanni (born 2002), Joah-Mikel, and Carolina. Giovanni, named after former Rangers teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst,[16] has achieved great success playing in the New York City FC development academy, and joined Borussia Dortmund's academy in November 2018.[17] Jack, Reyna's eldest child, died of brain cancer in 2012. The family resides in Bedford, New York.[18][19]

Reyna now spends much of his time managing the Claudio Reyna Foundation, his non-profit established to provide soccer training and mentoring to underprivileged youth around the nation and abroad. Claudio was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on February 29, 2012.

Reyna speaks fluent English and Spanish, as well as conversational in German.[20]

See also[edit]



  • More Than Goals: From Backyard Games to World Cup Competition with Mike Woitalla (2004, ISBN 978-0-7360-5171-2)


  1. ^ "Claudio Reyna". US Soccer. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Nierman, Jonathan (January 24, 2007). "Reyna coming home to join Bulls". Archived from the original on January 27, 2007.
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ Whiteside, Kelly. /worldcup/2006-05-31-reyna-focus_x.htm "USA's Reyna personifies perseverance", USA Today, June 2, 2006. Accessed October 9, 2015. "Reyna's father, Miguel, is from Argentina, where he played professionally, and his mother, Maria, is from Portugal. His parents immigrated to New Jersey in the late 1950s, then settled a decade later in Springfield, N.J., where Reyna was raised."
  5. ^ Trecker, Jerry (January 16, 1994). "WORLD CUP '94 Making A Quick Point Newcomers, one local, help USA over Norway". Newsday. Retrieved April 28, 2013. Chasing down a long throw from former Blau-Weiss Gottschee star Dario Brose, [Claudio Reyna], the 1993 College Player of the Year from the University of Virginia and Livingston, N.J., slammed a hard shot at Norway goalkeeper Frode Grodas to create a game-winning rebound chance for Cobi Jones as the United States defeated Norway, 2–1, in Sun Devil Stadium yesterday to begin its 1994 World Cup preparation with an upset triumph.
  6. ^ Jandoli, Ron (November 7, 1999). "Top 10 Players of each decade". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on January 10, 2003. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "REYNA SEALS CITY SWITCH". Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Pearce confirms Reyna request". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  9. ^ "Man City agree to release Reyna". BBC Sport. January 23, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Butler, Dylan (July 15, 2008). "Reyna announces his retirement". Archived from the original on July 17, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2008.
  11. ^ Davidson, Gary; Wagman, Robert; Courtney, Chris (June 22, 2006). "Ghana uses disputed penalty kick to end American World Cup 2–1". Soccer Times. Archived from the original on October 28, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
  12. ^ "Reyna, Claudio". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  13. ^ Canavan, Tom (January 24, 2007). "Claudio Reyna Signs With Red Bulls". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
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  16. ^ "Giovanni Reyna | U.S. Soccer Official Website". Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Galarcep, Ives (August 16, 2018). "Sources: U.S. U-17 standout Reyna to join Borussia Dortmund academy". Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Insider: U.S. prospect Reyna eyes '18 move to Europe". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Club Saddened By News". Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  20. ^ "Claudio Reyna named sporting director for Austin FC in historic appointment" (PDF). Austin FC. November 21, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2020.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York Red Bulls captain
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