Gio Reyna makes his Premier League debut for Nottingham Forest as the USMNT star comes off the bench in their 1-1 draw at Bournemouth

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  • Reyna started on the bench for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team at Bournemouth
  • He came on as a 78th minute substitute for Forest, who managed to claim a draw
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Gio Reyna made his debut for Nottingham Forest as a second-half substitute in the team’s 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.

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The USMNT midfielder came on for Anthony Elanga in the 78th minute, four days after signing from Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season.

Forest had equalized by then, with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s curling 45th-minute strike canceling out the opener in the fifth minute from Justin Kluivert when he scored from close-range at a corner.

Reyna produced an assured display, completing 17 of his 19 passes and winning all four of his duels. 

Reyna joined Forest on loan on Wednesday for the rest of the season. The deal does not contain an option for Forest to buy him permanently.

Gio Reyna made his debut for Nottingham Forest as a second-half substitute on Sunday

Gio Reyna made his debut for Nottingham Forest as a second-half substitute on Sunday

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The USMNT midfielder came on in the 78th minute, days after signing on loan from Dortmund

The USMNT midfielder came on in the 78th minute, days after signing on loan from Dortmund

Dortmund also announced Reyna signed a one-year contract extension with the German team through the 2025-26 season. 

Reyna produced an assured display, completing 17 of his 19 passes and winning all four of his duels.

Reyna produced an assured display, completing 17 of his 19 passes and winning all four of his duels.

The 21-year-old Reyna had started just one Bundesliga match this season, playing the first half at Eintracht Frankfurt on October 29. He made 10 appearances as a substitute.

The last time Reyna played an entire Bundesliga game was in March 2022. He hasn’t started two Bundesliga games in a row since August 2021. 

Dortmund’s signing of Jadon Sancho on loan from Manchester United added to the competition for places in the attacking midfield and winger positions where Reyna had been playing.

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Reyna was limited to two substitute appearances at the 2022 World Cup, around which a feud developed between Reyna’s family – he is a son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna and American midfielder Danielle Egan – and U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter. 

The spat led to Berhalter being replaced by interim coaches for much of last year.

Berhalter is back as the coach and Reyna played four matches with the U.S. in October and November.

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