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Gio Reyna ends national team speculation: "I will only play for the United States"

Eligible to play for Argentina, Portugal, England and the United States, Gio Reyna had no shortage of options.

The 17-year-old has caught many an eye with his play for Borussia Dortmund since being called up to the senior team during the German Bundesliga break, leading to rush of speculation as to which county he’ll choose to represent at senior level. Both Argentina and England were keenly monitoring the situation, according to reports.

But on Thursday, the former NYCFC Academy standout apparently put that speculation to rest with words that no doubt were music to Gregg Berhalter’s ears.

“It’s very clear for me: I will only play for the United States, that’s my home,” Reyna told Ruhr Nachrichten.

Reyna competed for the US at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 levels and is set to make his first USMNT appearance in March during a pair of European friendlies against the Netherlands and Wales.

Since tearing things up for Dortmund’s youth side after his move to Germany last summer, Reyna hasn’t slowed down for the senior team.

He scored a sensational goal in a 3-2 DFB Pokal loss at Werder Bremen, set up Erling Haaland for his winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League and has made substitute appearances in all seven of the club’s Bundesliga games since the break.


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