Gio Reyna had plenty to celebrate again. (USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Just three days after scoring the game-winning goal for Borussia Dortmund, Gio Reyna did it again on Wednesday.

Only this time it was much more dramatic.

The U.S. men’s international tallied three minutes into stoppage time to lift his team to a 2-1 win over FSV Mainz 05 before 31,500 spectators in Bundesliga action as he continued to make a major statement after being embroiled in American soccer’s ugly soap.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old Reyna connected on a brilliant game-winner for Dortmund in a 4-3 triumph in his first game since the World Cup.

Reyna, who replaced Emre Can in the 62nd minute, waited until the end of the game on Wednesday to produce his heroics this time.

Deep into stoppage time on Wednesday, Julian Brandt sent in a corner kick that Sebastien Haller nodded towards the corner of the goalkeeper’s box. Reyna raced in and poked it into the net past keeper Gregor Kobel for the winner.

Reyna ran toward the right corner flag with his right arm raised high while his teammates surrounded to congratulate him. As he did on Sunday, Reyna then put his fingers into his ears, making a statement about the controversy he and his family have been involved in the past month.

Some of his teammates imitated him.

During the World Cup, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter told Reyna that he wasn’t going to see much action in Qatar. Reyna did not start and was used as a substitute.

Reyna’s mother, the former Danielle Egan, who played for the North Babylon Strikers (Long Island Junior Soccer League) complained to U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart and relayed to him about an incident in which Berhalter had kicked his future wife, Rosalind Santana while the two were dating at the University of North Carolina 31 years ago. Danielle Reyna and Rosalind were close friends from their youth soccer days and were roommates in college.

Upon returning to the United States after the Americans were eliminated by the Netherlands in the Round of 16, Berhalter told a symposium that he and the staff considered sending a player home. He did not reveal who the player was. What Berhalter had said at the event was not supposed to be on the record, but the organization mistakenly put it out for public consumption.

Eventually, the media ascertained it was Reyna, who is the son of former U.S. men’s international Claudio Reyna.

In the aftermath, Berhalter was put under investigation by U.S. Soccer for the incident. Since his contract expired on Dec. 31 and his future with U.S. Soccer unsettled, Anthony Hudson will coach the Americans in a pair of friendlies in southern California this week. The U.S. hosts Serbia at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and then Colombia in Carson, Calif. on Saturday.