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Claudio Reyna

Men's National Team

World Cup Rewind: U.S. Turns Heads on the World Stage in 2002

When the U.S. Men’s National Team clashes with Germany on Thursday, June 26 (live on ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio and Univision), memories of the nation’s 2002 World Cup match are sure to come to the surface. The two countries met with a spot in the semifinals on the line, and although the USA fell 1-0, the result was a giant step in the right direction for U.S. Soccer. caught up with members of the 2002 squad to reminisce on a game that still stands as the furthest the U.S. MNT has ventured in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup.

Games of the Future Past

For its second group game, the U. S. Men’s National Team will battle Portugal in the Arena Amazonia, while immersed in the steamy, jungle conditions of Manaus. The matchup on Sunday, June 22, which is live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision, brings up memories of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when these two combatants met in group play, with the United States knocking off Portugal 3-2. caught up with players and coaches involved in the 2002 victory to reflect on one of the most memorable days in USMNT history.

100 Moments 1995 Copa America

Players from the U.S. Men's National Team recap the USA's memorable 3-0 win against Argentina at the 1995 Copa America Tournament. Former greats Cobi Jones, John Harkes, Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda, Claudio Reyna and Kasey Keller remember the famous win and former head coach Steve Sampson recalls his team beating one of the best sides in the world.

MNT vs Costa Rica Highlights July 23 2000

The U.S. Men's National Team nearly escaped the hostile atmosphere of Estadio Ricardo Saprissa with a point during this FIFA World Cup Qualifier in 2000. Earnie Stewart's second half goal leveled the score before a late penalty kick from Hernan Medford gave Los Ticos all three points and sent the home crowd into raptures in San Jose.

The former U.S. Men’s National Team captain and midfielder had a highly touted playing career that included more than 100 caps with the National Team and more than a decade overseas.

Reyna played for the National Team for 13 straight years from 1994-2006, earning 112 caps and 94 starts. Reyna also scored eight goals, and his 19 career assists rank third all-time. Reyna was a member of four FIFA World Cup teams. He was injured and did not play during the World Cup, but he saw the pitch for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

The Springfield, N.J., native became the first American player to be named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star First Team in 2002.

When Reyna was 21, he signed with German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen following the 1994 World Cup. That started a 13-year playing career in Europe.

Reyna played for the Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg from 1995-99, Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League from 1998-2002, followed by Sunderland and Manchester City of the Premier League from 2001-07. In 1999-2000, Reyna helped lead Rangers to its 11th Scottish Premier League title in 12 years.

Reyna made his way back to the States in 2007, joining Major league Soccer’s New York Red Bulls for their 2007 and 2008 seasons, announcing his retirement on July 16, 2008.

In 2010, Reyna was named U.S. Soccer’s Youth Technical Director, where he oversees the design and implementation of long-term strategies for the development of youth coaches and players.

Reyna was one of the most decorated players in college soccer, leading the University of Virginia to three straight NCAA titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He was a three-time first-team NSCAA All-American, tallying 21 goals and 22 assists for Virginia, ranking 10th all-time in points for the Cavaliers upon his graduation.