There's a shirt to mark his first goal and another from his first Champions League game. Jack, who once recited poetry in UK speaking competitions with a full posh British accent, loved geography and architecture, and he fell for soccer by memorizing the names of famous stadiums.

At the time of Reyna's Bundesliga debut on Jan. 18, the noise around Dortmund concerned another new arrival. In 1993 Egan made six appearances, all starts, for the senior United States women's team. "There have been a lot of firsts for me," he says. He has the Borussia Dortmund jersey from the first time he was included in a matchday squad, then another from his debut. “That’s when we knew,” says Claudio. Their narratives are intertwined, but Gio is forging his own path.

But this took it to a whole other level,” he says.

They had no idea, Claudio thought to himself. Upstairs, in the boys’ bedroom, the Lego structures are still intact. Six years after Jack’s death, his presence remains palpable in so many ways. Claudio remembers how parents would give him the wink-wink, nudge-nudge look, assuming he was running Gio through countless hours of soccer drills, Marv Marinovich-style, on their backyard field. It was loud, and he loved it. In April 2017, when Gio was 14, his NYCFC team won the Generation Adidas Cup, a tournament for MLS U-17 teams, and Gio was named the event’s best player. He's so happy, he's learning, and we're excited for him. Jack Reyna passed away on July 19, 2012, at the age of 13, surrounded by people who loved him. His favorite concert was Jay-Z in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Asked if they have any advice for parents in a similar situation, Claudio and Danielle point out that every case is different. He always included him.”. Gio Reyna and his dad, Claudio, reflect on his rise from young hopeful to pro player with Borussia Dortmund. For the past couple months, Gio has been in Germany acclimatizing to the environment as he waited to turn 16.

1999) and Giovanni (b. He played the majority of his career with Manchester City from 2003-2007. He represented his nation at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. ', "It's exciting to feel that excitement and tension again, but it's bad ... it's tough!". “A complete fog,” he says of those days. It's been obviously so much fun as a dad seeing him grow and develop and become the player he is up and until now, because he's got a long way to go. But there was no chance of the young American getting carried away. “It’s horrible. Claudio Reyna is a retired American soccer player and currently serves as the director of football operations of New York City FC.

Super into geography—”, Claudio: “—geography, architecture, capitals. Always more quiet than Jack, Gio is now one of the U.S.’s top soccer prospects, a 16-year-old forward who blends Claudio’s soccer IQ and Danielle’s athleticism, has his own Adidas video ad and just moved to Germany, where he’s expected to join Borussia Dortmund soon. It always made Jack sick afterward. • Copa America: Postponed until 2021. Reyna would remain with Rangers until December 2001. "Everyone has their own path. (1:26). On June 23, 2006, the day after the U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup, Reyna announced his retirement from the national team. Down in the living room, Claudio and Danielle sip coffee and share Jack’s story for three hours, their memories punctuated in nearly equal parts by smiles, laughter and tears. He is widely considered one of the greatest players the United States has ever produced. Or his parents didn’t. Claudio Reyna is a Professional soccer player. Erling Haaland, a highly sought after striker, had signed for Dortmund that January from Red Bull Salzburg, scoring nine goals in eight games to open his Bundesliga career, and the two became close friends. Football runs in the family -- Danielle (she was Danielle Egan then) played six times for the U.S. women's national team.

Whenever Jack was suffering from his chemotherapy—from the nausea and the pain—he would repair to his room and work with the plastic bricks. Claudio Reyna (born July 20, 1973) is an American retired soccer player and current Sporting Director of Austin FC. Reyna was speaking to some women’s players.

Do you remember?”, Danielle: “Especially in Europe. The Cavaliers would go on to win the NCAA Championship each of his three seasons. But sushi is his favorite. Throughout his career, Claudio Reyna has been impressive in his work. Egan was gorgeous, a blonde tomboy, the pride of an Irish-American family on Long Island. The one who made him what he is today, his talent, was really Jack.”. [2], Egan married Claudio Reyna, then a member of the United States men's national soccer team, in July 1997, one week after he attended the FIFA All-Star Game in Hong Kong and two weeks after the male U.S. team's World Cup qualifier at El Salvador.