Claudio Reyna played professional soccer for 12 years in three European countries for five different teams: Bayer Leverkusen and Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, Glasgow Rangers F.C. in Scotland, then Sunderland FC and Manchester City FC in the English Premier League. With Vfl Wolfsburg, Claudio was the first American player to ever wear the captain’s armband in a European league. Before his retirement in 2008, Claudio played his last professional season in United States with New York Red Bulls.
Claudio also represented the United States National team in 4 World Cups from 1994 through 2006, serving as team Captain in 2002 and 2006. He appeared 112 times and was the first American player to be selected to the FIFA All World Cup team for his performances during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. He also represented the US in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
After retiring from soccer in 2008, Claudio launched the Claudio Reyna Foundation with a goal to nurture, encourage and develop the sport in America while fighting poverty and childhood obesity.
The Claudio Reyna Foundation is based in New York and New Jersey and works to provide children the opportunity to play soccer, commit to their education and increase their social skills.
Besides his work with the foundation, Claudio is currently working as Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation.
“To inspire underserved youth in urban communities with positive experiences through soccer, education and community involvement in hopes of growing healthy bodies, minds and spirits.”
* Soccer Academies: After school programs are provided at no cost for students ranging in ages from six to twelve years old, and are targeted to serve vulnerable children (80% of the children we serve receive free or reduced rate lunches). Programs run during the school calendar year from September to June. Participants receive academic tutoring and good grades, school attendance and conduct are required to participate in the soccer training sessions.
The training sessions include a minimum of 60 minutes of soccer activities focusing on balance, coordination, technique, conditioning and teamwork. Every session includes instructional time on nutrition education and discussions.
The training sessions are led by certified coaches, several who have USSF ‘A’ licenses (the highest coaching certificate available in the United States).
* Since starting in 2008 with 68 youth in 2 academies, the Foundation has grown to serve 1662 children in 23 academies in Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York, as well as Newark, Trenton and Camden in New Jersey.
* Learn more about the Claudio Reyna Foundation soccer academies here.