Gio Reyna scores first goal for USMNT in friendly vs. Panama originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Move over, Christian Pulisic. There's another young sensation for the United States Men's National Team, and his name is Giovanni Reyna.
In the United States' friendly against Panama on Monday, Reyna scored what many Americans hope is his first of many goals for the senior national team.
The strike came on an 18-yard free-kick just outside the penalty box, where Reyna was able to curl the ball under the Panama wall, beating the keeper into the lower right corner of the goal.
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Reyna's goal made him the third-youngest scorer in USMNT history, as the strike came just three days after his 18th birthday and in just his second international cap.
After falling behind early, Reyna's goal would be the first of three first-half United States goals as the Americans took a 3-1 lead into the halftime break.
Reyna wasn't the only American to net his first national team goal. Nicholas Gioacchini scored in just his second international cap as well.
Reyna, who joined the German side Borussia Dortmund last year, is expected to be one of the leaders of the U.S. Men's National Team for years, along with Pulisic, 22, and other top young players like Weston McKennie (Juventus), 22, Sergino Dest (Barcelona), 20, and Chris Richards (Bayern Munich), 20.
All but Pulisic, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, played against Panama on Monday.