Gio Reyna is arguably the most talented player on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He has also been the team’s most controversial player in recent months.
Initially, it was Reyna’s lack of playing time at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar that created a discourse among American soccer fans, a testament to the level of excitement in the around the 20-year-old’s ability. But when former USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter made comments about Reyna’s behavior at the World Cup during a leadership conference in December, it turned into an incident involving Reyna and Berhalter’s parents.
What Reyna’s future with the USMNT will look like remains unclear, but in a recent interview with The Athletic, interim coach Anthony Hudson revealed that he had a “positive” meeting with Reyna in Germany ahead of the La Liga games of Nations against Grenada and El Salvador later this month.
“I think it was important for whoever is in that role, whether it’s me or somebody else, the important thing now is to go and address the situation in Germany,” Hudson said. “It would be remiss of anyone in that role not to go and do it because he’s an important player and we have to find a solution. He’s a talented, important player, a young player and it needed to be dealt with.
“The way I look at it is, in [the World Cup] camp, this happened. We as a staff made the decision to take action and there was a response from the player – a positive response. I don’t condone anything that has happened, but it was more on a human level to go see how he was, as a child he has been through a lot.”
Reyna was an unused substitute during Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over RB Leipzig on Friday, but his run of form in January – when he scored three goals in three games – and his untapped potential is reason enough for Hudson to summon him to the game. team later this month.
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