Charlotte FC exercise offseason buyout on Yordy Reyna
TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Buyout Charlotte FC have exercised their offseason buyout on Peruvian international winger Yordy Reyna, the club announced Friday.
Reyna joins the Black-and-Red after playing four seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He joined the Whitecaps from Red Bull Salzburg in Austria on Jan. 23, 2017. Since arriving in MLS, Reyna has made 77 league appearances (58 starts); scoring 20 goals and recording 17 assists. He scored his first goal for the club on July 5, 2017 when he grabbed the 88th minute game-winner in a 3-2 win against New York City FC.
The forward has also been a regular for the Peru National Team since making his debut as a 19-year-old in the 1-0 win against Chile on March 23, 2013. Reyna has scored twice in 29 appearances on the international stage. His most recent appearance came in the 1-1 draw with Uruguay on Oct. 16, 2019 in an International Friendly. He joins Edison Flores as the second Peruvian on the Black-and-Red roster, with both playing together regularly for their country.
Reyna started his professional career with Alianza Lima in the top tier of Peruvian soccer when he signed his first contract as a 17-year-old on Jan.1, 2011. In two seasons with the club, he scored six goals and recorded two assists in 22 appearances. He was then signed by Red Bull Salzburg in Austria on July 1, 2013.
After transitioning to Red Bull Salzburg, Reyna scored three goals and recorded four assists in 36 appearances across all competitions. He also featured for the Austrian side three times in UEFA Champions League Qualifying matches. Reyna helped Salzburg lift the Austrian Cup in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons, while also winning the league in 2013-14 and 2015-16.
While in Austria with Salzburg, Reyna went out on loan stints with Red Bull Leipzig in the German second division and SV Grödig in the Austrian first division. He joined SV Grödig on loan on July 10, 2014. Reyna scored 12 goals and recorded 17 assists in 26 appearances for SV Grödig before rejoining Salzburg at the completion of his loan on Jan. 28, 2015. The Peruvian then joined Red Bull Leipzig the following day on Jan. 29, 2015 and spent the next six months in the German second division. Reyna scored one goal in 14 appearances with Leipzig before returning to his parent club in Austria on June 30, 2015. Two seasons later, he was permanently transferred to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Jan. 23, 2017.