Gregg Berhalter confirmed on Wednesday that 17-year-old Gio Reyna will receive his first call-up when the group reconvenes for a pair of friendlies, against the Netherlands and Wales, next month.
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Reyna recently made his first-team debut for Borussia Dortmund, scored his first goal for the club — a stunning curler from outside the box in DFB Pokal action — and set up fellow teenage phenom Erling Haaland for a goal in the Champions League last week. To say that 2020 has already been a ground-breaking year for the son of USMNT legend Claudio Reyna would be a massive understatement.
Now, roughly 32 months prior to the 2022 World Cup, Reyna will have his first opportunity to join the Americans’ senior team and begin the long journey toward earning one of 23 roster spots for the tournament in career.
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Reyna won’t turn 18 until Nov. 13, 2020, meaning he will be 20 years, 8 days old when the next World Cup kicks off.
Well, this will be tough.
The U-17 U.S. national team have found out who they will face in the group stage of the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil, as the Baby Nats will face Senegal, Japan and the Netherlands in Group D.
Raphael Wicky’s side, captained by Borussia Dortmund bound Gio Reyna, have plenty of top young talents in their ranks and they will be looking to be the first U.S. U17 side since 1999 to make it past the last eight. Alongside Reyna, Kobe Hernandez, Griffin Yow, Gianluca Busio and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez will lead this team.
If the U.S. make it out of their group there is the potential to play against the likes of Argentina, Spain or Brazil in the Round of 16.
Canada’s youngsters were placed in Group A alongside hosts Brazil, Angola and New Zealand, while Mexico have are in Group F with Italy, Paraguay and the Solomon Islands. Rounding out the CONCACAF representatives, Haiti will face Chile, France and South Korea in Group C.
The tournament kicks off on Oct. 26 and runs until Nov. 17, with games to be played at the Estadio da Serrinha and Estadio Olimpico in Goiania, plus the Estadio Bezerrao in Gama and the Estadio Kleber Andrade in Cariacica.
Below is the group stage draw in full.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Gio Reyna, a son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna, scored his fifth goal of the tournament as the Americans beat Panama 3-0 on Sunday and qualified for the Under-17 World Cup.
Gianluca Busio put the U.S. ahead in the 54th minute with his fifth goal of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. Reyna scored in the 60th and Ricardo Pepi added a goal in the 75th.
The U.S. advanced to the CONCACAF semifinals against Canada on Tuesday night. The Americans have qualified for 17 of 18 FIFA Under-17 men’s competitions.
The Under-17 World Cup will be played in Brazil from Oct. 5-27. The tournament originally was scheduled for Peru but was moved to Brazil by FIFA in March.
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