Explore the life story and remarkable achievements of Claudio Reyna, former American soccer player

Explore the life story and remarkable achievements of Claudio Reyna, former American soccer player

Steve Njuguna
updated at January 15, 2024 at 4:04 PM
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Claudio Reyna is an American former soccer player and football administrator. Reyna was one of America's most high-profile players during the turn of the millennium and played for several top teams in Europe. This article goes into the achievements that Reyna has achieved during his distinguished career.

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Claudio Reyna celebrates after winning a game during the 2002 World Cup. Photo by Ben Radford
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Reyna started his professional career in 1993. He was known for his great work rate, skill and technical ability. His leadership was another key quality, as he was often named among the captaincy groups of the teams he played for.

Claudio Reyna's profile summary


Claudio Alejandro Reyna

Date of birth

July 20, 1973

Place of birth

Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.



Height in inches

5 ft 10 in

Height in centimetres

178 cm


Professional footballer

Playing position


High school career

Jonathan Dayton High School

Saint Benedict's Preparatory School

College career

University of Virginia

Professional career period


Teams played for

Bayer Leverkusen

VFL Wolfsburg



Manchester City

New York Red Bulls

Marital status



Danielle Egan



Other roles

Former Sporting director at New York City FC

Technical advisor at Austin FC

World Cup appearances

1994, 1998, 2002, 2006

International caps





Scottish Premier League: 1999–2000

Scottish Cup: 1999–2000

Hermann Trophy: 1993

Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year: 2000

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002

Soccer America College Team of the Century

How old is Claudio Reyna?

Claudio Reyna (aged 50 as of January 2024) was born on July 20, 1973. He was born in Livingston, New Jersey. His father, Miguel Reyna, was a former footballer who had emigrated from Argentina to the United States in 1968.

What is Claudio Reyna's net worth?

As of January 2024, Claudio Reyna has an estimated net worth of $2.76 million. This comes from his career earnings, endorsements and current wages in his role as an advisor to MLS side Austin FC.

What was Claudio Reyna's playing position?

Reyna predominantly played as a central midfielder, though he had the necessary flexibility to play in other positions when needed. He was known for being an energetic, skilful and technical player.

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Claudio Reyna during his time at Manchester City. Simon Stacpoole/Offside
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Claudio Reyna's career stats

Claudio played for several teams during his career. Here is a summary of his statistics:




Bayer Leverkusen



VFL Wolfsburg









Manchester City



New York Red Bulls



United States Men's National Team



Frequently asked questions

Reyna has been a household name in North America since the 90s, so it goes without saying that many fans want to know more about his personal life. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Does Claudio Reyna have a wife?

Claudio Reyna is married to former US women's national team player Danielle Egan. Danielle and Claudio Reyna married in 1997 and welcomed four children. Their eldest son, Jack, passed away from cancer in 2012.

Who is Claudio Reyna's son?

Claudio's youngest son, Giovanni Reyna, followed in his father's footsteps and became a professional footballer after excelling at the New York Red Bull's academy. Reyna was signed by Bundesliga bigwigs Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He made his debut for the national team in 2020.

Claudio Reyna's son
Giovanni Reyna during a game for Borussia Dortmund. Photo by Daniel Kopatsch
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Where did Claudio Reyna go to high school?

Claudio Reyna went to high school at Jonathan Dayton High School before transferring to St Benedict's Preparatory High School, where he was a teammate of future professional players Robert Ducey and Gregg Berhalter. He was named two-time Parade Magazine's National High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

What is Claudio Reyna's height?

Claudio Reyna's height is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm). His weight is listed as 73 kg (161 pounds).

What was Claudio Reyna's Qatar World Cup controversy?

Claudio Reyna was involved in controversy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup when he accosted former teammate and USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter over the lack of playtime given to his son Giovanni Reyna. This led to Claudio Reyna leaking information about Berhalter's past domestic violence incident when they were both college players. A subsequent investigation cleared Berhalter to resume his duties.

Final word

Claudio Reyna is an enigmatic figure, and his status as one of the heroes of US football in the modern era is permanent. Controversy aside, his family is a valuable piece of the football community in North America.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.