Dortmund de Reyna vs Rangers Bronckhorst

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US midfielder Gio Reyna could play in the Europa League against the team led by the person he is named after.

Reyna, a 19-year-old who made his debut for Dortmund last year, was named after Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a teammate of his father, Claudio Reyna, with the Glasgow Rangers of Scotland from 1999 to 2001.

Dortmund will host Rangers on February 17 and play in Scotland a week later in the Europa League round of 16 qualifiers.

“Gio texted my oldest son directly.” van Bronckhorst said on Tuesday, referring to his son Jake. “It’s a special moment for both of us. I have known Gio all his life. We visited him a year and a half ago, watched one of the Dortmund games. I have been in contact with his father, Claudio. We’re still good friends, so I hope he can come to the games as well.

Gio Reyna injured his right hamstring while playing for the United States in a World Cup qualifier in El Salvador on September 2 and resumed full training on November 30. He missed 19 club matches.


Van Bronckhorst, a 46-year-old who has scored six goals in 106 international appearances for the Netherlands, became Rangers coach on November 18 after Steven Gerrard left to lead Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

Claudio Reyna was captain of the United States and competed at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups. His wife, Danielle Egan, played soccer in North Carolina and for the United States national team.

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