Gio Reyna scores second straight winner in second game since USMNT World Cup saga

Gio Reyna scored a second consecutive game-winning goal for Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in their second game back from winter break — which, for Reyna, had been marred by an .

In the month and a half between the 2022 World Cup and the German Bundesliga’s return, Reyna had to , then stand by, powerless, as his helicopter parents turned a standard saga into .

Then, finally, he returned to a soccer field. He . And three days later, he did it again.

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This time, there was no . And this was not a world-class half-volley — just a tap-in.

But Reyna did turn toward the crowd and stick his fingers in his ears after being mobbed by teammates.

And this was another clever goal, albeit one of a different ilk. The 20-year-old American midfielder timed his movement perfectly. He detected space at the back post and darted into it, just in time to pounce on Sebastian Haller’s flick.

Ironically, he did so yet again off the bench, in a role similar to the one he was asked to play for the U.S. men’s national team, the one that instigated these ludicrous, fractious two months. In response to being informed of his World Cup role by U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, he in training. After the , that he almost sent an unnamed player home from Qatar. That player, it soon emerged, was Reyna.

On Dec. 11, the day those comments were mistakenly published, Reyna’s parents, Danielle and Claudio, went to U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart, Berhalter’s boss, and informed Stewart of an early 1990s incident involving Berhalter and his now-wife, Rosalind.

Stewart felt obligated to report it. , which compelled Gregg and Rosalind to speak publicly about the incident for the first time. In an , Gregg detailed how, when they were teenage college students, he had kicked Rosalind after an argument at a North Carolina bar. The couple have since reconciled and married; Rosalind had forgiven Gregg; the Reynas had become their close friends. Some 31 years later, they’d unearthed Rosalind’s trauma.

Borussia Dortmund's Giovanni Reyna celebrates after scoring a stoppage-time winner against FSV Mainz on Wednesday. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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