Regardless of the drama surrounding an absence of enjoying time with the US on the 2022 World Cup, Giovanni Reyna has one factor he will not have to fret about going ahead: his future with the nationwide group.
Reyna, 20, performed a key position for the USMNT of their Concacaf Nations League win in June and was informed by U.S. Soccer’s sporting director after the semifinal victory over Mexico that his long-term place within the group was assured.
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“I spoke with Matt Crocker in Las Vegas after the Mexico sport,” Reyna informed ESPN’s Derek Rae. “He mentioned I’ll have an essential position in this system for a few years going ahead.
“My job is to maintain bettering on the sector and to assist the group win.”
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder solely performed in two video games for the U.S. in Qatar — coming off the bench in a draw in opposition to England and within the knockout loss to the Netherlands — and was on the heart of an issue involving his dad and mom, Claudio and Danielle, and supervisor Gregg Berhalter over his lack of minutes.
Berhalter, whose contract expired after the World Cup and has since been rehired by the U.S. after interim spells by Anthony Hudson and, extra just lately, B.J. Callaghan on the Gold Cup, admitted there was work to do to restore the connection between participant and coach.
“I would actually acknowledge that there is work to do, and Gio is a vital participant to this group,” Berhalter mentioned in June at his first press convention after being rehired. “He is an especially proficient particular person, and I’ve the duty and the dedication to educate him like I coach each different participant, and I need to get one of the best out of him.”
For now, Reyna is refocusing on the upcoming Bundesliga season with Dortmund after his group misplaced the title to Bayern Munich on the final day of the season.
“The top of the season was robust for everybody linked to the membership,” Reyna mentioned. “We all know how shut we have been and it was so disappointing to not get it executed. The expertise has taught us that we have now the potential to win trophies and has made us all stronger as we stay up for the upcoming season.”
The U.S. is internet hosting the Copa America in 2024 and co-hosting the World Cup in 2026 with Mexico and Canada, and whereas Reyna mentioned he cannot assure what the outcomes can be, he at the very least is aware of he’ll be enjoying a serious half.
“The Copa America within the U.S. can be an awesome expertise for our group as we proceed to progress,” Reyna mentioned. “We have to increase our expectations. There isn’t any cause we should not compete for the trophy in entrance of our followers in our nation. That is the mentality.”
Reyna and Dortmund have upcoming preseason matches in opposition to the San Diego Loyal, Manchester United and Chelsea — all within the U.S. — and start Bundesliga play Aug. 19 at Sign Iduna Park in opposition to FC Cologne.