Gregg Berhalter: Gio Reyna showed his quality on USMNT return

Gio Reyna. (Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Gio Reyna. (Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

Gregg Berhalter was pleased with the impact Gio Reyna had during the United States’ 3-1 defeat to Germany on Saturday evening.

Gio Reyna played for the United States for the first time since June on Saturday as he started in their friendly match against Germany. The talented attacking midfielder showed a good account of himself in the middle of the park and had some impressive moments before being taken off at half-time.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was pleased with Reyna’s impact during the game against Germany.

"“We thought 45 minutes was the perfect dose for him,” Berhalter said after the game against Germany. “I think he played a good game and showed his quality. It was good to see and good to have him on the field.”"

Saturday’s appearance was Reyna’s first under Berhalter’s charge since the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The two had a very public feud after the World Cup, with Berhalter claiming that Reyna was nearly sent home from Qatar for not putting in the required effort in training.

The 20 year old’s parents also got involved in the matter, and a domestic violence incident involving Berhalter came to light subsequently. Reyna also picked up a serious leg injury in the Concacaf Nations League final, and only made his return to competitive action earlier this month.

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Gio Reyna is expected to feature for the USMNT again on Tuesday as they take on Ghana in a friendly match. He will then return to Borussia Dortmund, where he will hope to build on his encouraging cameo performance against Union Berlin and establish himself as a regular starter in the coming weeks.