USA men’s national team talent Gio Reina was removed from the bench at the 2022 World Championships due to his behavior and then had an accident., returned to the pitch on Sunday for Borussia Dortmund. Despite not having the opportunity in Qatar, he has shown what he can offer to any team from the bench. Reina came on as a substitute in the second half and scored an incredible winning goal with just 12 minutes left.
While waiting on the right flank, he received the ball in the corner of the box and fired a clean shot into the back of the net that was decisive in a 4-3 victory over Augsburg. The former NYCFC employee then ran to the corner flag to celebrate by choosing always a popular noise blocking holiday by putting your fingers to your ears.
Take a look at the moment:
God, it must have been nice, especially the celebration. And hitting a ball like that is incredibly difficult, and this one only shows the sheer ability he has to hit the ball so sweetly. He hardly participated in the World Cup, and his immediate future in the international team is up in the air due to the situation in his family, and such a goal should do wonders for his self-confidence.
Earlier this month, a 1991 domestic incident broke out between Berhalter and his then-girlfriend, now wife, after the manager posted a statement to the effect on Twitter. From that moment, the US Football Federation launched an investigation into the allegations. It turned out that the perpetrators of the quarrel in the federation were Daniel Reina and Claudio Reina, parents of Gio Reina.
That’s a lot for a young professional footballer, on top of all the mental strength he needs to have to be able to compete day in and day out at a club as competitive as Dortmund. He seized the moment for a heroic goal and you can tell he planned this celebration at the right moment.
As for his future with the national team, it is not yet clear if he will be called up for a Koncacafe Nations League match in March. The USMNT has two games this month, but essentially a Major League Soccer team with European players is in the middle of the season.
Berhalter’s future also hangs in the air, as his contract expired in December. Assistant Anthony Hudon currently leads the team.