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On This Day: Captain Claudio Reyna Earned His First Cap in 1994

On this date – January 15, 1994 – “Captain America” Claudio Reyna, then 21 years old, earned his first cap with the Men’s National Team in a dramatic 2-1 friendly win over Norway at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Fresh off leading the University of Virginia to three consecutive NCAA Championships, and winning both the 1992 and 1993 Missouri Athletic Club Trophi

Captain Claudio Recalls the Greatest 'Dos a Cero' of All

The U.S. Men’s National Team rode a shock opening win against fourth-ranked Portugal, a draw against the host Korea Republic and a little help from the goalposts to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Finishing second in the group meant that the MNT would have less than three full days rest to turn around and face regional rivals Mexico in the highest stakes match the two

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.

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