Gio Reyna went 90 minutes for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. (USA TODAY Photo)
It seems the U.S. men’s national team is running out of attack-minded players.
Weston McKennie is out, and so is Brenden Aaronson, as the squad learned Monday that the Red Bull Salzburg standout has a knee injury.
But here’s some good new for the squad:
Gio Reyna, who missed five months of action for club and country after suffering a hamstring injury during World Cup qualifying last September, has returned to the side for its three final World Cup qualifiers.
“We’re thrilled to have Gio back, back in involved in qualifiers,” center back Walker Zimmerman said during a Monday afternoon media Zoom call. “He’s been out for a little while, but I know just from speaking with him and you can tell just even from his game on the weekend, he’s super excited to be back, to be involved on this team.
“Knowing him, knowing the kind of guy that he is, he’s chomping at the bit to make a big impact in these three games, and we’re going to need it. He’s the kind of guy who can change the game. So having him available having him in any capacity is a boost for our team. I know he’ll be able to help us.”
Reyna took a major step in his recovery from a hamstring injury last week.
He assisted on the winning goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 Bundesliga win at Mainz on March 16. After replacing Mahmoud Dahoud in the 69th minute, Reyna rammed a 36-yard free kick into the box that Axel Witsel placed past goalkeeper Robin Zentner in the 87th minute.
Reyna didn’t figure in the goal-scoring in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at FC Cologne but went the entire 90 minutes on Sunday.
The Americans vist Mexico on Thursday, host Panama in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday and playys Costa Rica on March 30.