Gio Reyna scored a second consecutive game-winning goal for Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in their second game back from World Cup break — which, for Reyna, had been marred by an ugly American soccer soap opera.
In the month-and-a-half between the 2022 World Cup and the German Bundesliga's return, Reyna had to address his immature behavior in Qatar, then stand by, powerless, as his helicopter parents turned a standard saga into something much worse.
Then, finally, he returned to a soccer field. He won Sunday's Dortmund game with a golazo. And three days later, he did it again.
This time, there was no wildly defiant celebration. And this was not a world-class half-volley — just a tap-in.
But Reyna did turn toward the crowd and stick his fingers in his ears after being mobbed by teammates.
And this was another clever goal, albeit one of a different ilk. The 20-year-old American midfielder timed his movement perfectly. He found space at the back post, and pounced on Sebastian Haller's flick.
In less than 90 minutes, in these two appearances off the bench, he has blocked out the noise and reminded a conflicted U.S. audience just how talented he is.