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New York City FC academy product Gio Reyna signs with Borussia Dortmund

With US men’s national team midfielder Christian Pulisic moving to Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund could have bid farewell to their Yanks’ following. Think again.

US U-17 centerpiece Giovanni Reyna made it official Monday, signing with the Bundesliga club, with his next step set at Dortmund’s U-19 team. That’s the same level Pulisic thrived at before breaking into BVB’s first team.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder played an integral role as the U.S. qualified for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup this fall in Brazil, scoring six goals before a loss to Mexico in the championship match. Reyna spent several years in New York City FC’s academy and helped their U-19 team win a national title in 2017-18 over the LA Galaxy. He also starred in the Generation adidas Cup.

Reyna was able to sign at 16 by securing a Portuguese passport through his mother, Maria. His father, Claudio, is the sporting director for NYCFC and a former captain of the USMNT.

The move to Dortmund has long been rumored, though now is completed. Reyna joins a wave of young Americans in Germany, including, but not limited to, center back Chris Richards at Bayern Munich and outside back Chris Gloster at Hannover 96.

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