Gio Reina, amid USMNT drama, scores defiant goal in Game 1 back from World Cup

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JANUARY 22: Giovanni Reina of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring the team's fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park on January 22, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Gio Reina celebrates after scoring the stunning winning goal for Borussia Dortmund in his first match since the World Cup. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

for more than a month, Gio Reina has been at the center of an American football storm. It used to He addressed his immature behavior in the 2022 World Cupthen stand by, helpless, as his parents helicoptered their standard football epic into a Sad, ugly, sour series.

There was only one thing he could do to interrupt the drama, to momentarily divert the audience’s attention — and on Sunday, he did.

For a month and a half, with the Bundesliga on winter break, he couldn’t react on the soccer field. On Sunday, in Borussia Dortmund’s first match after the break, Reina came off the bench to score the world goal.

After slamming a half-volley past Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Jikiewicz, to give Dortmund a 4-3 lead, Reina leapt towards the corner flag and bit his fingers together, in a talking motion, the inevitable signal to all the chatter around him.

He also put his finger to his lips in a silent motion.

He put his hand in his ear.

Then he put his index finger in both his ears.

Since December 3, Rayna has been the center of attention for everything but his ridiculous talent. he had He reportedly displayed an alarming lack of effort In training leading up to and during the group stage of the World Cup, during which he ultimately played only eight minutes. and then Elimination of the US Men’s National TeamCoach Greg Berhalter said at a leadership conference that he almost sent an unnamed player home from Qatar. And soon it turned out that this player was Reina.

On December 11, the day these comments were erroneously posted, Rena’s parents, Daniel and Claudio, went to Berhalter’s president, NFL Athletic Director Ernie Stewart, and informed Stewart of an early 1990s incident involving Berhalter and his now wife Rosalind. . Stewart felt obligated to report it. United States Football Association launched an investigationWhich forces Greg and Rosalind to speak out about the incident to the A-Team.

in Early January statementGreg detailed how, when they were teenage college students, he kicked Rosalind after an argument at a bar in North Carolina. The couple have since reconciled and married; Rosalind has forgiven Greg. Renas, some 31 years later, shockingly discover Rosalind.

It is unclear if Gio Reina had any knowledge or role in his parents’ actions. he He addressed his conduct at the World Cup in a statement released on December 12but he has not spoken publicly since.

He spoke, instead, at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday, just eight minutes after his first chance to do so.

Show why he will be a pivotal player in the USMNT going forward, Whether Berhalter remains the coach or not. Still only 20 years old, he is arguably the most technically gifted player the United States has ever produced. He will definitely continue to let those gifts do the talking.

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