Gio Reyna: USMNT legend’s son set for stardom at Dortmund

first_imgWhen it comes to American soccer, Christian Pulisic truly broke the mould. Before the current Chelsea star exploded onto the scene at Borussia Dortmund, no American had made that kind of impact at such a big club, at such a young age.But, before Pulisic, there was a generation of Americans that set a tone. Prior to the 1994 World Cup, American soccer was the afterthought of an afterthought, but that moment and that tournament became a spark. By 2002, that spark had developed into something bigger and, with a quarter-final run in that summer’s World Cup in South Korea and Japan, American soccer finally achieved something notable: respectability.The leader of that 2002 team, Claudio Reyna, became one of American soccer’s pioneers in Europe, developing a reputation as one of the best players, and leaders, the USMNT has ever seen. Now, his son, like Pulisic before him, has been deemed as the next young star to set Borussia Dortmund, and the Bundesliga, alight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Giovanni Reyna is just 16 years old, but the young midfielder has been in the public eye for years. He became American soccer’s next starlet just as Pulisic was making the leap from prospect to star.He frequently stood out despite playing with players several years older, emerging as the brightest talent to come from a U.S. youth program that has grown exponentially in recent years. He earned a sponsorship deal from adidas before he had even featured in a senior match and, eventually, earned a move to Dortmund as he looks to begin his professional career in Europe.”He has the whole package when you talk about the offensive part of his game,” former Switzerland international and current U.S. Under-17s boss Raphael Wicky told Goal . “That makes him a very interesting prospect because he can change a game. Those players are the ones everyone is looking for and those players are guys who bring people to stadiums, right? The Pulisics, the [Xherdan] Shaqiris, these guys. He has that talent to do that, but if we talk about his offensive game, but there’s still a long way to go.”He added: “The first thing I noticed was that his technique is outstanding, which is always the base that makes everything look easy. He’s very elegant.”The son of a USMNT legend, Reyna was always going to be brought up in and around the game. His father appeared at three World Cups, after all, forging a playing career with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland and Manchester City that earned him the nickname ‘Captain America’. After that career concluded, he was named sporting director of MLS expansion side New York City FC, where he was charged with building a team that eventually featured David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.Gio Reyna NYCFCAs part of that role, the elder Reyna was also tasked with developing a youth program from scratch, and it was his own son that rapidly developed as the brightest prospect. At age 14, Reyna helped NYCFC win the Generation Adidas Cup, an U17 tournament, earning the competition’s Golden Ball (pictured above, right) . He also found himself training with NYCFC’s first team at just 15, learning from then boss Patrick Vieira.Instead of signing with NYCFC, though, Reyna made the decision to head to Germany at age 16, benefitting from a Portuguese passport secured through his father’s side of the family. His talents, though, led Vieira – now the manager of French side Nice – to compare Reyna with one of his former France team-mates.“The thing I like about him is that he has an eye for the goal, he’s a goalscorer,” said Vieira, according to SBI Soccer . “I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but he reminds me a little of David Trezeguet.”Wicky, meanwhile, says he is not fully sure what position Reyna will grow into and the former Bundesliga midfielder says the 16-year-old is in no rush to determine one. Under Wicky, Reyna featured centrally​ to start CONCACAF’s U17 World Cup qualifying tournament before eventually moving to the left, where he served as an inverted winger who cut inside to help ignite the U.S. attack.But Wicky will not limit him to those two spots. While he does not see Reyna as a true striker, the coach does believe he could someday be a false nine. He is also comfortable as a No.10 or even as a No.8 in a 4-3-3. In that way, he could someday play similarly to his father.Gio Reyna GFXWith Pulisic now at Chelsea, Reyna is one of several Americans leading the next generation of young players to head to Germany. Schalke star Weston McKennie and RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams are already there, but it’s Reyna who could be the next player to truly break into that world-class discussion.“We have a lot of players who are well known in the U.S.,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told The Athletic . “OK, Christian is the captain of the national team. That’s clear. But first, we have a very interesting young player: Giovanni Reyna. He’s a big, big talent. I think he will do a lot for American football in the next five or 10 years.”It’s the same way like Christian,” he continued. “He has time to develop. He needs time. But he has everything a player should have. It’s not so easy to look into the future and see how a player will develop in the next two or three years. But he has everything you must have.”The next step will be breaking through. Reyna is set to feature for the club’s U19 team this season with the aim of reaching first-team level in the months and years ahead. He already earned a taste of that action this summer as he featured for Dortmund in four pre-season friendlies, including a start against Champions League winners Liverpool. On Wednesday, he was named in Lucien Favre’s European squad for the first half of the season, thus illustrating the value that is being placed on him at his new club.He will also likely serve as captain once again for the U.S. U17s at this year’s World Cup. With Wicky, the word that keeps coming up is “game-changer” and, if Reyna continues on the path that has been laid out to him since birth, he could be the next American prospect to truly change the game, much like his father before him.last_img read more

Curio Collection by Hilton Adds Exotic Escape to Asia Resort Portfolio with Maldives Signing

first_imgMarch 27, 2018 MALDIVES and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has entered into a franchise agreement with Singha Estate Public Company Limited (Singha Estate PCL) to open a new boutique resort in the Maldives, which will join the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio of nearly 50 upper upscale independent hotels around the world. The new Curio Collection property forms part of CROSSROADS project, the first-ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination that is currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives. The new resort will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate PCL, and is scheduled to open in end-2018. “Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” said Mark Nogal, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travelers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.” The new resort will have 198 spacious guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas as well as facilities such as a fitness center and swimming pool. In addition to duty-free shops and multiple restaurants, guests of the resort will also enjoy convenient access to a beach club, watersports, a dive center, a cultural center and a kids club – all located within CROSSROADS. “As we continue to grow our portfolio across Asia, we are proud to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in one of the world’s most celebrated resort destinations. The Maldives remain a top choice for global travelers today and we are thrilled to be partnering with Singha Estate on this very exciting CROSSROADS project,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “With this brand, our owners can benefit from the proven track record and quality of the Hilton engine, also known as the Hilton performance advantage, while staying true to their hotel’s individuality.” CROSSROADS spans nine islands in the Emboodhoo Lagoon and will have a plethora of dining, retail, entertainment, recreational and leisure-lifestyle offerings including a 50-berth marina. Set exclusively on one of the islands within the integrated destination, the resort is about 15 minutes away by speedboat to the Velana International Airport in the capital city of Male. “CROSSROADS project, the first integrated leisure and entertainment resort in the Maldives, is a reflection to Singha Estate’s vision to be the premier lifestyle developer while delivering sustainable growth and creating value for all stakeholders,” said Naris Cheyklin, chief executive officer, Singha Estate Public Company Limited. “We are delighted to partner with Hilton on this unique, integrated resort and look forward to seeing our exciting collaboration lift Singha Estate’s rapidly-growing hospitality portfolio to a new level.” One of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, Curio Collection by Hilton is a global, upper upscale collection of distinctive hotels and resorts that offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, each unique to the destination they call home. The new Curio Collection by Hilton resort will have its own unique character, appealing to the curious traveler seeking a fun and authentic Maldives vacation experience. “S Hotels & Resorts aims to craft quality settings in a sustainable environment where guests can relax, play, work, enjoy and share instant stories, and to meet the travelers’ demands at maximum,” said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer of S Hotels & Resorts. “We are very pleased to manage the new lifestyle resort that will be a part of Curio Collection by Hilton.” The Curio Collection Maldives resort joins close to 80 Hilton hotels open and under development across gateway cities and popular destinations across the South East Asia. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton collection, visit news.curiocollection.com.  About Singha Estate Public Company Limited Singha Estate PLC. is a leading Thai real estate developer focusing on business expansion and investment via land purchases in high-potential locations and quality project development under the “Best in Class” concept – in tandem with investment, joint investment, and M&As of businesses or assets with high growth potential. The goal is to achieve its vision of becoming a premier lifestyle developer by crafting quality settings for people to live, play, work, and shop. Recent investments and business expansions have resulted in Singha Estate today commanding assets under the operation of the company itself, subsidiaries, and joint-venture companies in and outside of Thailand in three core businesses including Commercial, Residential and Hotel. Visit singhaestate.co.th for more information and connect with Singha Estate on Facebook. About CROSSROADS The development of the CROSSROADS project is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience as the first integrated leisure and recreation destination that will attract and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.Inspired by cultures from the East and the West at the crossing of Maritime Silk Road, the project is situated within the 7 km-long reclaimed islands just 15 minutes from Male International Airport by speed boat presenting an easy access and unique offerings for travelers as well as the residents of the capital city. Featuring a luxurious 30-berth yacht marina and a rich combination of hotels, entertainment, one-of-a-kind lifestyle beach club, retail and fine dining, the project also houses a Maldives Cultural Centre that will promote the life and crafts of the islands nation and introduce global practice sustainable tourism schemes dedicated to preserving the bio-diversity of the Maldives’ prestigious marine ecosystem and enhancing the well-being of the local community. About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is an upper upscale, global portfolio of nearly 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s  award-winning  guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at news.curiocollection.com; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on facebook.com/curiocollection, instagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.  Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.last_img read more