Borussia Dortmund Promotes Giovanni Reyna to First Team

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Gio Reyna is now with Dortmund's first team

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) – Borussia Dortmund promoted American teenager Gio Reyna to its first team Wednesday.

Dortmund signed the 17-year-old attacking midfielder from New York City FC in July. Since then he's scored eight goals in 16 games for Dortmund's under-19 team across all competitions.

Reyna is the son of former U.S. internationals Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan Reyna.

The teenager was named to a Bundesliga matchday squad for the first time in December, when he was an unused substitute in a 5-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.

"He presented himself well in [winter training camp in] Marbella, that's why we want to put him on a much higher level at training," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. "We want to develop him to a full-fledged player of Borussia Dortmund."