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United States supporters are raving over Giovanni Reyna after the winger produced a spellbinding run in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
The 19-year-old, the son of former Rangers, Sunderland and Manchester City midfielder Claudio Reyna, beat five Mexican players with a mazy run after being brought on as a second-half substitute.
The Borussia Dortmund winger picked the ball up just outside his own area in the 75th minute and immediately sat down an opposing player with a neat piece of footwork.
He continued his run forward, beating a further two Mexican players in the middle of the pitch.
After looking up and seeing limited support from his teammates, Reyna continued his run, taking on three more defenders before being eventually dispossessed on the edge of Mexico's penalty area.
Speaking after the match, United States coach Gregg Berhalter compared Reyna's run to Diego Maradona's famous 'Goal Of The Century' against England at the same stadium.
"Mexico was the host of the 86 World Cup, where Maradona scored his wonderful goal and I had visions of that while Gio was dribbling," he said.
"Unfortunately, he didn't finish it off or get an opportunity to finish off but again, I think he made a solid impact and he showed what type of playmaking and attacking quality he has."
Catch Gio Reyna if you can :wave:
(via @USMNT) pic.twitter.com/DPTjgam4IK
- B/R Football (@brfootball) March 25, 2022
United States supporters were also quick to praise Reyna for his moment of individual brilliance.
"Good lord I thought Pulisic was gonna be our saviour, this kid is freaking special!," one fan posted on Twitter.
Another wrote: "Best player in Concacaf."
However, other fans chose to criticise Reyna's teammates for their lack of support.
"Had nobody to pass to. Wtf, are his teammates that winded out at 75' itself? Absolutely disappointing," wrote one supporter.
We see you Gio Reyna :fire: pic.twitter.com/F49wJUzd07
- CBS Sports Golazo :soccer: (@CBSSportsGolazo) March 25, 2022
The crowd roaring louder after each move is great. They recognized what they were seeing: greatness.
- Charles Cole (@speedcake) March 25, 2022
Good lord I thought Pulisic was gonna be our savior, this kid is freaking special!!!
- Matthew Ross Lively (@Rosslive99) March 25, 2022
Had nobody to pass to. Wtf, are his teammates that winded out at 75' itself? Absolutely disappointing
- wwh (@w_w_hBTS) March 25, 2022
Another added: "He was waiting for his teammates. NO ONE RAN WITH HIM!! NO ONE!! He was looking for anyone open to pass the ball and continue. The man is trying to pull this team up and no one is willing!"
Despite his best efforts, Reyna was unable to inspire his side to victory as the match finished goalless at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
But a point for the United States means they can all but guarantee qualification for the 2022 World Cup if they beat Panama on Sunday night.