Claudio Reyna

Player of the Day: Claudio Reyna

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Former American international in the spotlight.

American midfielder Claudio Reyna made 29 appearances for Sunderland in two seasons with the club between 2001 and 2003.

After impressing at the 1994 World Cup, German outfit Bayer Leverkusen gave Reyna his first break in European football.

The American international spent two seasons with Leverkusen but he struggled to hold down a regular place in the team until he moved to Wolfsburg, on loan, in 1997.

Whilst with Wolfsburg he became the first American to captain a European team and went on to make 55 appearances in two seasons with the Wolves before joining Rangers.

In four seasons at Ibrox, Reyna’s best year came in 2000 when he helped Rangers with both the SPL title and also the Scottish Cup.

Claudio scored 11 goals in 95 appearances for Rangers before moving to Wearside in 2001.

Reyna began life at Sunderland in fine fashion with a goal on his home debut as the Black Cats recorded a 1-0 victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light.

He would also score two vital goals in Sunderland’s final win of the campaign as Peter Reid’s side beat Leicester City 2-1 – a win that inevitably secured the Black Cats’ top-flight status.

Injuries would limit Reyna’s impact in his second season on Wearside as he made just 12 appearances at the start of the campaign before missing the remainder with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Claudio’s final Sunderland goal came in a 7-0 demolition of Cambridge United in the League Cup and he would move to Manchester City ahead of the 2003-04 season.

Reyna scored four goals in 87 appearances for City in four seasons with the Citizens before he returned to his native America with the New York Red Bulls in 2007.

He finished his career with New York and has since set up the Claudio Reyna Foundation which aims to help less privileged youths get into football across America.