While it's still expected for Giovanni Reyna's Borussia Dortmund career to begin with the Under-19 side in August, this summer the U.S. U17 MNT standout is getting valuable experience with the Bundesliga side's first team.
Reyna is one of two players from the youth setup that made the trip to the United States for the team's two-game swing to Seattle and South Bend, Indiana. On Wednesday, Reyna entered the game in the first half of BVB's 3-1 win against the Sounders, playing around 30 minutes before coming out in the 62nd minute when Borussia subbed in a new starting lineup.
Check out highlights of Reyna's performance below.
BVB plays the second and final game of its trip to the United States against Liverpool on Friday night. Before making the trip to the U.S., Reyna scored a goal for the Under-19s in friendly action that's worth watching.
Turner signs pre-contract with Philadelphia Union
Cole Turner is the latest Philadelphia Union Academy product to prove his mettle with the Bethlehem Steel and earn a Homegrown offer from the MLS franchise.
Turner inked a pre-contract deal with the Union this week, and he'll join the Steel for the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season, before getting boosted to the first team on January 1, 2020.
“We are very happy to have completed the signing of Cole Turner,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said in a press release. “He has a strong knowledge of the game and a sharp awareness — the type of player who always seems to be in the right position in central midfield. He is an exciting young prospect and we are looking forward to helping him grow as a professional.”
The sixth academy player to join the Steel, Turner's made 11 appearances, starting eight games and playing 727 minutes in USL action so far for Bethlehem. During his three years with the Union Academy, the Churchville, Maryland native made 65 appearances. The No. 143 ranked recruit for the class of 2019, he had previously been committed to Navy.
Duke passes on Duke, inks Homegrown deal with Sporting KC
Longtime Sporting Kansas City Academy standout Cameron Duke won't be playing in the ACC this fall after all.
Duke signed a Homegrown deal with Sporting KC, the club announced on Thursday. Previously committed to Duke, the No. 20 ranked recruit for the class of 2019 is the 11th Academy signing in team history.
"Cam is someone I have known his entire life, and he has been in our system for several years," Sporting Kansas City Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said in a press release. "He has worked very hard to reach this goal, and we are glad to see that he has become a part of the Sporting Kansas City first team. He still has a lot left to accomplish, much like all the young players who transition from our Academy into the MLS roster. This is the next step in trying to make his professional dreams possible."