A Closer Look at Claudio Reyna's Career
Widely hailed as the most skillful player ever produced in the United States, Claudio Reyna finished his career with 112 caps and eight goals. His cap total is fourth all-time in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and his 19 career assists ranks third. Reyna also played in a team-best 31 World Cup qualifying games (tied with Kasey Keller) and represented the United States at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, in addition to the 1992 and 1996 Olympics Games.
But how much else do you know about the man who “brought peace to the game,” as Earnie Stewart so eloquently stated? You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall) puts your Reyna knowledge to the test.
1. Which of these European leagues has Claudio NOT played in during his club career?
a. Scottish Premier League
b. English Premier League
c. Primera Liga
2. Claudio scored a total of eight goals in his 13-year MNT career (1994-2006). In which year did he score more than one goal?
3. True or False – Claudio played and started in every group match of the 1989 FIFA Under-17 World Championship?
4. In 2004, Claudio became the seventh player in U.S. history to reach the 100-cap plateau when he played against Honduras on June 2, 2004. Name the six players that had reached the century mark before him.
HALL OF FAME BONUS QUESTION: Who reached the 100-cap plateau after Claudio, becoming the eighth and ninth to reach the century mark in U.S. history?
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1. c. Primera Liga. Claudio has played for Leverkusen (Bundesliga), VfL Wolfsburg (Bundesliga), Glasgow Rangers (Scottish Premier League) and both Sunderland and Manchester City of the English Premier League.
2. d. 1994. The only time Claudio scored more than one goal in a year was his first year with the national team when he scored two goals. The first came against Moldova on April 20 and the second was against Estonia on May 7.
3. True. Claudio was on the field for every minute of the USA’s 1-0 victory vs. Brazil in their opening match, their 5-2 loss to the German Democratic Republic and their 2-2 draw with Australia. Despite compiling three points with a 1-1-1 record (scoring then was two points for a win, one for a draw), the U.S. finished third in the group behind Brazil and GDR, who both finished with four points and 2-1-0 records.
4. (in alphabetical order) 1. Jeff Agoos (134), 2. Marcelo Balboa (127), 3. Paul Caligiuri (110), 4. Cobi Jones (164), 5. Joe-Max Moore (100), 6. Eric Wynalda (106)
HOF Bonus Question: Earnie Stewart and Tony Meola. Stewart earned his 100th cap on June 20th, 2004, against Grenada (18 days after Claudio), while Tony joined the club on April 11, 2006, against Jamaica. Meola became the first goalkeeper to hit the 100-cap plateau.