Gio Reyna: American Excellence on Football Index

Gio Reyna infant of a hectic background, and a cartoon structure of the Statue of Liberty.

Although there is seemingly a US Soccer revolution upon us, Gio Reyna’s recent personal accolade was a certainty. The young American clinched US Soccer’s young player of the year award for 2020. At a time where nothing is certain in the current climate, thanks to Reyna’s breakout year in the Bundesliga, this almost was. 

The 18-year-old former New York City FC product is no stranger to professional football, born in the North of England during his father’s stint at Sunderland AFC. Claudio Reyna, also of Rangers and Manchester City past, would have been forgiven for not foreseeing his son’s dramatic and steep rise throughout 2020.


Reyna’s Borrusia Dortmund debut came in January at the start of 2020, and he has impressed ever since. Equipped with an aura of composed assurance, and just like Marcus Rashford achieved on his competition debuts, Reyna really started to attract attention. Dortmund had another star on their hands.

Reyna’s debut DFB Pokal performance came against Werder Bremen a month later, where he scored a wonder of a strike. It was the American’s first professional goal – the type young boys and girls dream about. February would prove a pivotal month for Reyna, as he would also make his bow in the Champions League for Dortmund. His opponent? Paris Saint Germain.

Reyna seemed to treat the fixture like any other match, a nod towards his capabilities on the most prominent domestic stage of them all. Stepping onto the pitch clearly unphased, the Dortmund starlet laid on two assists, in a 2-1 victory. Reyna’s Dortmund career has continued in a similar vein. 

The tricky youngster has started 10 out of Dortmunds 13 games in the Bundesliga this season, appearing in all 13. Reyna has also made the starting line up in four of the German’s six Champions League fixtures on the continent. Although just 18-years-old, he has forced himself into a starting position, with the level of competition around him consisting of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, and Thorgan Hazard. Perhaps Reyna’s successfulness in muscling his way into the team has been his most impressive feat this year for someone just starting their professional career.


Released at a similar price to Dortmunds other scintillating youngster, Youssoufa Moukoko, Reyna entered Football Index at £1.20. Although the platform is still reeling from the upheaval which the introduction of order books has caused for traders, £1.20 was still an attractive price.

Considering the prices of other footballers on the platform right now, it is no wonder that many are choosing to stay away from the recent batch of IPOs. However, given his career’s upward trajectory, at only 18-years-old, he was undoubtedly the best of the bunch. 

Reyna currently has a buy price of £1.70. As we’re now sitting in the middle of Germany’s winter break, expect that to rise as Dortmund’s fixture against Wolfsburg on the 3rd January approaches. If Reyna can add to his three goals and five assists this campaign next time out at Signal Iduna Park, his first ‘PB’ outing on Football Index may be a fruitful one for holders. 

In what is one of the platform’s most volatile periods since its inception, reputable PB scores and triumphs should, in theory, offer some stability to current prices. However, what is for sure is that as a three-year bet, Reyna appears a reasonably safe investment at the current price.


Reyna operates in the space between the lines, so it is unfortunate that he is considered a ‘midfielder’ from a Football Index perspective. The spatial awareness in the pocket is why Reyna is so effective, and a primary reason why he has been able to hold his own in professional football at a tender age. The ability to find such space and collect the ball on the turn is a manager’s dream, and more often than not, a headache for opponents. 

Against PSG, Erling Braut Haaland’s winner was sculpted by Reyna’s prowess in this space, and his ability to receive the ball with his back to goal. Receiving the ball just inside his half, Reyna turns instantly, knowing he has the opportunity behind him to do so. 

Erling Braut Halaand’s Winner Vs PSG

The progressive dribble which followed has become synonymous with Reyna’s overall game. Reyna was able to carry the ball at pace, before feeding Halaand who had a lot left to do. It was a goal worthy of winning any game, and an attacking sequence which highlighted Reyna’s array of offensive attributes. 

A key passes per game total of 1.3 stands Reyna in the top five teenagers in Europe for 10+ appearances this season. Such a statistic proves that once in space between the lines, or receiving play in a transition phase, the American can pick out a teammate during an attack with regularity.

Delving a little deeper into Reyna’s passing output, the American has registered 19 passes into the penalty area in the current Bundesliga campaign. This ranks him as the 8th best in the league, with his teammate Sancho leading the way with 31.

Reyna’s arsenal is equipped with all the tools needed to become successful for a sustained period on the biggest stage; creativity, bravery, awareness, and end product. US Soccer’s Young Player of the Year is unquestionably one of the world’s most exciting talents who finds himself at the perfect club. 

Whether that translates to a prosperous Football Index hold is perhaps another question entirely. His success will likely transcend into the realms of Football Index if he can continue to hone his developing skillset and keep registering goal involvements. Reyna will not offer similar time on the ball and amount of passes for holders as Toni Kroos provides in central midfield, for example, but he will be there or thereabouts in all Dortmund attacks.

Who knows, maybe he’ll instead follow the path of the 2003′ US Young Player of the Year – Freddy Adu, albeit highly doubtful.

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