Gio Reyna Continues Post-World Cup Streak With Second-Straight Game Winner for Dortmund – NBC4 Washington

Joe Reina’s scoring streak continued against Mainz on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old came on for Dortmund in the 62nd minute and scored his second game-winner from a corner.

His late goal was an exclamation point on an eventful week for Reina and Dortmund.

After a stunning first five minutes that saw both clubs get on the board, Dortmund struggled to convert and capitalize on many chances. It looked like they would go home with a point until Reyna’s heroics.

It came just four days after the American scored an absolute winner from the top of the box to help Dortmund beat Augsburg 4-3. He also came off the bench in this performance.

His celebration on Sunday seemed to fuel the ongoing controversy surrounding Reyna, his parents and former USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter.

Reports of a rift between the two families, who have known each other for more than three decades, first surfaced when Joe barely saw the field in Qatar. Berhalter appears to have confirmed the report by openly discussing the forward’s approach. Gio’s mother, Danielle Reyna, finally came forward with decades-long abuse allegations against Berhalter against his now-wife, sparking an ongoing investigation by U.S. Soccer.

In addition to the family drama, Berhalter has received some attention after being eliminated from the national team in the round of 16. He said part of the team’s struggles in attack was due to the fact that they “don’t have Memphis Depay, who is currently scoring in the Champions League”.

The comparison to the Dutch striker, who provided one of the Netherlands’ three goals against the USA, confused some, as Memphis had not scored in the Champions League for three years. During that time, Christian Pulisic, Weston McKenney and Brenden Aaronson scored multiple goals in the Champions League.

While Reyna’s tight-lipped celebration appears to be a reference to the back-and-forth of the past two months, soccer fans also noted that he had his earplugs in, a celebration Memphis is known for.

Dortmund are now 2-0 in league play since returning from the World Cup and are fifth in the table outside of Champions League qualifying.

They return to action this Sunday against eighth-placed Leverkusen.


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