Claudio Reyna retiring



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Ultimately, the injuries were just too much to overcome.

After a 14-year professional career that saw him play in Germany, England and Scotland before returning to the United States, Claudio Reyna has decided it is time to stop playing. The former U.S. national team captain and New York Red Bulls midfielder is retiring immediately, sources within MLS told SBI on Tuesday.

The Red Bulls have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at 2pm at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, the school where Reyna’s decorated career began two decades ago.

Leg and back injuries limited Reyna, who turns 35 later this month, to just six games this season, and 27 games total during his two seasons with the Red Bulls after joining the club on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Reyna’s retirement is expected to free up a designated player slot the team is very likely to use to sign a forward to replace departed U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore, who was sold to Villarreal last month. (Update- according to a source, the Red Bulls will not be using the DP slot this year.)

According to sources, Reyna will still be paid the remainder of his $1.25 million contract, but the Red Bulls will pay the remaining portion of the salary that MLS was due to pay. This would allow the club to fill his salary slot and designated player slot (I’m seeking confirmation on this from the league, with a source just telling me they don’t believe this to be the case).

Reyna joined the Red Bulls prior to the 2007 season as its first designated player. He played 27 matches over the course of two seasons, including six matches this year, but nagging leg injuries prevented him from ever having the impact expected of him when he was signed for a two-year, $2.5 million contract by then Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena.

Reyna showed flashes of the composure and skill with the Red Bulls that made him so successful in Europe, but ultimately his body could not handle the rigors of playing on artificial turf and in the physical MLS at the age of 34. He was repeatedly forced to miss matches with a variety of injuries, and after considerable deliberation, Reyna made the final decision to stop playing.

Reyna’s last public appearance came two weeks ago in a charity game with Steve Nash and Thierry Henry in Manhattan. At that match, Reyna stated his desire to come back, but at that point discussions were already underway with the Red Bulls about the possibility of him retiring.

Reyna spent a dozen seasons in Europe, playing for Wolfsburg in Germany, Sunderland and Manchester City in England, and Glasgow Rangers in Scotland. He was regarded as one of the best players ever produced by the United States for his composure and skill in central midfield.

His career reached its peak at the 2002 World Cup, where he helped lead the United States to the World Cup quarterfinals. His inspired performance in that tournament earned him All-Tournament honors, making him the first American to ever receive such a distinction.

It remains to be seen just how the Red Bulls will be allowed to use the vacated designated player slot and salary cap space left open by Reyna’s retirement. With the designated player mechanism only in its second year of existence, MLS is in uncharted territories when it comes to handling a situation like this. According to sources, the Red Bulls were expected to pay Reyna’s entire remaining salary, believed to be slightly more than $600,000, a figure that includes the $200,000 pro-rated amount due Reyna from the league (MLS pays up to $400,000 of a designate player’s salary, less for a team’s second designated player, with the team paying the rest.)

I’ll share my thoughts on Reyna’s retirement later. For now, share your own thoughts on Reyna’s retirement below.

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129 Responses to Claudio Reyna retiring

  1. PCFC says:


  2. jevanvoo says:

    thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!

  3. muscfiorentina says:

    Hey Ives,

    Any possibilty of signing McBrideas a DP?

  4. smorebs says:

    Not surprised but, as much as he has not been helpful in NY it is sad to see a great player go.

  5. sg says:

    about time

  6. andacagar says:

    27 games since joining the bulls? No way he played that many games. good riddance.

  7. Michael F. says:

    As much as it’s a good thing for the team, I’ll always be a CR fan. I jut wish he could have gone out better than this.

    Hey Ives, any word on where Mathis will end up? Any chance RB want him? I’m telling ya, he’s good….and we could use him. He’s definitely an upgrade over Woly and Echeveryy….

  8. Tom in Newark says:

    There is a god!

  9. brett says:

    muscfiorentina – while its possible money might talk, BMB has made it obvious he wishes to play in chicago, or he will also retire…

    but as i stated, money might talk…. so i guess anything is possible

  10. Reid says:


    and i’m not even a red bull fan

  11. Rene says:

    I agree with smorebs. As little impact he’s had with NY, it’s sad to see a player who’s given so much service to MNT retire due to injuries. Here’s wishing him the best in future endeavors.

  12. Coach says:


  13. Rene says:

    I agree with smorebs. As little impact he’s had with NY, it’s sad to see a player who’s given so much service to MNT retire due to injuries. Here’s wishing him the best in future endeavors.

  14. wykell says:

    I, for one will be wearing a black #10 armband for the rest of the season. When a DP retires during the middle of the season, does that mean that us season ticket holders are entitled to some of our money back. (granted, I’m sure that whoever we get for our other DP slot will not be as old as good ole Methuselah).

    I’m gonna miss him though.

  15. KingSnake says:

    *AFTER* contracts became guaranteed.

    So, Red Bull get a slot, but not the cash?

  16. AJ says:

    I was about to ask if we’d notice a difference, until I read that it opens up the DP spot for someone.

  17. Miguel says:

    I’m going to church this week to thank the Lord Almighty God!

  18. Dominghosa says:


    Come on down Thierry Henry.

    Or Ronnie.

    But most likely Henry.

    (Next year?)

    Too bad Reyna’s stint here didn’t bode very well. Tough way to end his career. He must have pissed someone off. Because it all went down hill after a tough way to end his WC career.

  19. WTF says:

    Ives, you should have posted that “has-been” banner of Reyna from Toronto. lol!

  20. Nic says:

    While I certainly understand how Red Bull fans feel relief at Reyna’s retirement, let’s have some perspective here. First, Claudio’s injuries throughout the past two years are not the only reason why your club has been so terrible. Second, one of the best, if not THE best, American players of our generation is hanging his boots up. Have some respect and look back at a career that truly advanced American soccer.

  21. Drew D (From FL) says:

    As ives has stated earlier, I think this is a coming together for the target of thierry henry coming to RBNY when RB Park opens in 2009. I just hope you’re right ives.

  22. Aguinaga says:

    Everyone knew he was done a long time ago, he just had to finally accept it to be able to go out with grace. Unfortunately, he didn’t help himself out much by not being able to look at himself in the mirror in order to judge his own remaining playing ability impartially and thus admitting the obvious. Heart, which he’s always had a ton of, can only go so far. Eventually it was no longer heart it came off as, but plain old stubborness. That he’s taken this long to retire while negatively affecting the team’s ability to get someone additional to help out in the rebuilding process led to the amount of widespread, bitter, and deserved condemnation he’s gotten, unbefitting an American player with a career of his calibre, but brought upon himself seemingly as much by ego as by a sense of duty. I hope he finds happiness in retirement and more time spent with family. And I hope we now go find out if Thierry Henry is available.

  23. emilio says:

    Reyna had a fine career and that should not be forgotten. To say that he is the best american player of his generation is a little too much.

    However, Reyna was what he was and the expectations that he was a #10 were very unrealistic. His play during his time with New York was subpar and I dont blame that entirely on injuries, the player he was during his career does not warrant a designated player salary in this league, he was an adequate player but never a star. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

  24. Eugene says:

    Thank G-d!!!!!

    Osorio, go shopping NOW!!

  25. A.S. says:

    Our long national nightmare is over.

    (That was a joke.)

    I couldn’t believe the abuse Reyna took (here and elsewhere) after playing in the LES charity match. Wonder if that had spurred the final decision.

  26. brett says:

    Drew D (From FL)- but with 1 of NY’ DP’s going back to CUSA after the 09′ season that would mean either Henry is only a 1 season player, or JPA is leaving the redbulls

  27. brett says:

    of course thats hypothetical…. assuming NY doesnt obtain another DP slot in that time or somehow pursuades CUSA to let them hold onto it a lil’ longer…

  28. Emilio says:

    Thierry Henry will play in Barcelon until 2010 if he has a good season this year. The only way he comes to NY in 2009 is if he struggles this season, Guardiola had Henry in his plans for Barca.

  29. That Guy says:

    Sorry to see it come to an end like this for him. This isn’t the way he should be remembered. He is a class player and deserves respect. It’s not his fault that Red Bull gave him that contract, would anyone of you haters turn it down if it was offered to you? Exactly.

  30. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Im sure thats a breath of fresh air for new york fans.

  31. KingSnake says:

    … and he keeps the money. Sweet.

  32. elpolaco says:

    henry next year….this year herman CRESPO

  33. A.S. says:

    It is sad, BTW, that the reaction here seems to be more relief at finally seeing him go from the Red Bulls than of appreciation for his whole career. It’s a mark of a player (any sport) holding on too long. But we should appreciate what he did for US soccer. He was never the savior he was touted to be – Tab Ramos was still a better player than Reyna for the National Team – but he did lead our team for a long, long time, including one of the greatest moments in US Soccer history in 2002.

  34. mikeK says:

    THANK YOU, REYNA!!!!!!!

    And yeah, we will owe CUSA a DP slot, but maybe the MLS will start giving teams two?

  35. Reid says:

    while i didnt appreciated him until after we lost him from the nat’l team, I would like to ask everyone if anyone at all thought this was gonna be a good signing for the money and the DP slot.

    I would bet 95% of the people knew what Redbull was walking into just by looking at his last few years

  36. KingSnake says:

    Tab Ramos hung around too long, for too much money (though not as much as Reyna), as well …

    link to

  37. anotherbodymurdered says:

    It’s going to be funny when they replace him and still finish in last.

  38. Reid says:

    sorry for the bad spelling

  39. shefty says:

    geez… It’s not like injuries weren’t a concern before the RBs signed him. Why blame the player for a bad signing? He’s one of the most storied US players ever and if you only look at the last two years of any athlete’s career there wouldn’t be many memorable players.

  40. Dave says:

    You comment about artifical turf being the reason for injuries. Wrong. The dude was glass and wouldn’t have lasted 10 minutes if the field was made of pillows.

  41. Best news all day. He is supposedly a super nice guy and I feel badly that his career deteriorated the way that it did, but I would rather see us actually do something with the DP slot than have the person who occupies it sitting on the bench or hurting the team when they’re on the field.

  42. AC says:

    Its about time! I do respect Reyna who WAS a great player at one time, but he couldn’t stay healthy. And his DP slot was doing nothing for the Red Bulls because he was hardly playing.

  43. mikeK says:

    By the way, this is on the front page of

    Quite the accomplishment, Mr. Galarcep. Figured I’d throw some kudos your way.

  44. Tony in Quakeland says:

    How many WC Best XI do we have? It’s good for the Red Bulls that he is pulling the plug, but anything less than gratitude for the best US field career in Europe and a great Nats career is completely classless.

  45. KingSnake says:

    already disapeared

  46. KingSnake says:

    Btw. why does the “world wide leader in sports” lead with a story about a regional junk sport? (Home run hitting.) Instead of a event of true international sporting importance, like the Tour de France?

  47. Louis says:


    I was at work and still couldn’t resist cheering in pure joy.

  48. Brant says:

    I only hope that all the bandwagon-jumpers remember Reyna as the all-WC performer of 2002 and the marshall of the US midfield for a decade, instead of the guys whose injuries sapped the ability to play.

    Reyna and McBride are the two most successful field players the US has ever produced. Nat’l team captains and club captains in Europe, they stand head and shoulders above any other Americans of their generation. For all the fawning that’s gone on over McBride these last few weeks, I wish some folks would take a step back and remember just how good Reyna was in Europe and in the US midfield. He spent 10 years as the automatic starter at CAM, and there was never a debate about supplanting him.

    Reyna – sorry your body gave out on you, but thanks for all those years in the red, white, and blue, playing Captain America to our USMNT.

  49. john says:


    clap clap clap-clap-clap

  50. Amit says:

    It was about time. Such a storied career, but nothing translated to MLS success. Unfortunately, Claudio must retire before seriously damging his body for a lifetime.

  51. Steve T. says:

    Kingsnake, cause us Bud guzzling americans dont give a turd about the french or there lame bike tour! Thank you Claudio for your contributions. Enjoy the good life with your millions.

  52. RK says:

    Of course this is how he should be remembered…injured! Too bad he had so many injuries throughout the years, but he was still able to put together a great career. I wish he was able to play more in MLS so that I could’ve watched him more.

  53. JSquaredNY says:

    Obviously this is good for RBNY and I’m glad to see that Reyna is finally hanging up the cleats. He was a great national team player back in his prime and I definitely won’t be forgetting that. However it’s good to see that he was considerate enough to not hold on to his roster and DP spot through the end of the year – it’s the least he could have done.

  54. KingSnake says:

    Ah, but you watch a “pinko commie sport” like soccer? How do you reconcile that in your Sludgeweiser guzzling mind?

    Btw … in case you were unaware: Your Sludgeweiser is now owned by pinko commie Europeans …

  55. Danny says:

    Wow this news came out of no where but I’m sure happy Reyna is gone…This week has been a great week for the Red Bulls squad

  56. KingSnake says:

    Ah, but you watch a “pinko commie sport” like soccer? How do you reconcile that in your Sludgeweiser guzzling mind?

    Btw … in case you were unaware: Your Sludgeweiser is now owned by pinko commie Europeans …

  57. Paul says:

    Reyna’s retirement is a sad ending to a great career. While he was a miscast and fragile shell of his former self with RBNY, I will prefer to remember Reyna as a classy and skilled representative of U.S. soccer to the rest of the world. He was certainly one of the best American players of his generation, and despite the bitterness and frustration of the past two years, he deserves the appreciation of the U.S. soccer public.

  58. Danny says:

    Wow this news came out of no where but I’m sure happy that Reyna isn’t part of the Red Bulls team anymore

  59. Victor says:

    Reyna was a good player with a good career for a US player. He succeeded in Europe when hardly any other Americans were plying their trade overseas. However, his stay at Giants Stadium has been abysmal and I’m glad to see him go, not a moment too soon. Now let’s go out and get Juan Pablo Sorin! He’s available for a good end-of-season run and would add a level of heart and workrate to RB that we haven’t seen this season.

  60. Louis says:

    Now we can finally put together that secret bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

  61. David Berger says:


  62. Curtis Spiteri says:

    This a good news for RBNY. Go get a “real” DP with that money and raise the bar for the league for goodness sake.

    Te loyal soccer fans of NJ, NY and Conn. who’ve supported that crap organization for well over a decade deserve it and if the club wants to really expand its soccer knowledgeable base, this is the way to do it.

  63. inkedAG says:

    This totally made my day!!!!

  64. Drew says:

    more like Fat-Rooooo-naldo…Clap clap clap

  65. Silva says:

    About time. He should have retired 5 years ago. He’s in my estimation the most overrated US player to date, especially considering a guy named Brian McBride is a much better player.

  66. Jerry says:

    Hallelujah ….. woo hooo!!!!!!! there is a Football God after all!!!!!!!!!

  67. Adam M. says:

    Goodbye and Best wishes. Sorry it didn’t work out.

    Moving on, I vote for Brazilian striker Washington (currently of Fluminense, formerly of Fenerbache and Atletico Paranaense, and all-time single season goal scorer in the Brazilian league), who is probably the best striker in the world who won’t play in Europe again, could probably be wrested away from Flu, and most certainly would be worth it.

    The “big” option is to tie up Ronaldo, who is recovering from his knee injury and out-of-contract, but might be available in the fall. Henry is going to star at Barca this year, so he’s out for now. Crespo is an interesting idea. Adriano is unrealistic, as he is still young and wants to prove himself to Dunga for 2010. Interestingly, Riquelme is rumored to be on his way out of Boca, but I doubt he’d come here. If Lampard signs with Inter, who just signed Mancini, maybe that makes Figo available, though he just re-upped with Inter himself.

    In any case, if NY wants to be taken seriously, they need to do something important with this opportunity.

  68. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Wow. I figured there would be some negative comments toward Reyna, but I’m shocked its been this overwhelming. Not that its not mostly deserved, but still.

  69. Tim F. says:

    Thank you Claudio! Thank you! We enjoyed having you as a member of the team but you occupy too much salary cap space not to play.

    Thierry Henri!!! Thierry Henri!!! Thierry Henri!!!

  70. HomeyBoehme says:

    About time. Thank heavens a professional athlete actually did the HONORABLE thing and retired. Sure he keeps the money, but at least he frees up that DP slot.

    @Kingsnake – LOL! I’m not sure BELGIUM counts as “pinko commie Europeans”. Regarding the Tour de France, I think people just don’t want to hear more about every single cyclist doping. Lets imagine if baseball treated doping the same way cycling is right now?!? It would be insane.

  71. KingSnake says:

    Indeed, the only people left would be the ball boys. Maybe.

  72. Josh says:

    I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at the RB offices. My suspicion is that JCO gave Reyna some strong hints that now would be a good time to call it a career.

    What else to say? He’s not the first player to have had his talent undermined by a too-brittle body, and RBNY shoulda known better before bringing an injury-prone, good-but-not-great player home to play on artificial turf. I’m sure Reyna wanted to contribute more than he did, and at the end of the day I blame nobody but our idiotic front office for an ill-advised signing.

    Otherwise, good career, and he was great in ’02. The retirement decision comes half a season too late, but it’s the right move, and I wish him a happy retirement.

  73. kpugs says:

    All those celebrating…can’t you even take one moment and have some respect for one of the greatest American players ever to live? Jeez…just one moment. Godspeed Claudio, you and Tab are probably going to be the definition of the American player to me forever.

    Now that that’s over with: DP SLOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Robert says:

    I must say I loved the guy and what he did for the sport in the United States, the national team, and American soccer player’s reputation in Europe. I may even say he facilitated the move of McBride, Bradley, Altidore and Co. NYRB needs to think hard about this one now. Henry is a likely choice but so would Ronaldo. No need to be hasty at this point and they may want to wait until next season to make a run for MLS Cup and a place in international tournaments.

  75. kpugs says:

    All those celebrating…can’t you even take one moment and have some respect for one of the greatest American players ever to live? Jeez…just one moment. Godspeed Claudio, you and Tab are probably going to be the definition of the American player to me forever.

    Now that that’s over with: DP SLOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. kpugs says:

    Sorry for the double post everyone.

  77. KingSnake says:

    A few more injuries, a lacklustre stint in England, and in about five years Beasley will be the top signing of new general manager Tony Meola …

  78. kasey says:

    4 years to late…

  79. Steve T. says:

    It was a joke kingsnake. It is a commentary on the xenophobia in this country. Who cares if inBev owns Bud, its still crap. So lighten up my friend.

  80. Nicole says:

    Sorry, Brant, but Reyna was never a CAM …and therein lay the problem. Arena kept putting him there.

  81. chris says:

    I would like to congratulate him on a great career and all he did for the USNT. For my money, he had the best career any American field player has ever had in Europe. Unfortunaltely, he came to MLS when he was past his prime and couldnt stay healthy. Red Bull should learn a lesson and not sign another 33 plus former Euro player to play on the turf again.

  82. KingSnake says:

    Seems you are the one who needs to lighten up, since I was not upset. ;-p

  83. Nicole says:

    Forgot to add: I’m right there with you, kasey…this is four years too late.

  84. Mike says:


    Thanks for the wonderful memories you gave us as Captain America. Your time with the MNT will forever be appreciated. You paved the way for others to follow your steps to Europe. We’ll never forget 2002. I had tears streaming down my face as I watched you after the USA-Germany game, wrapped in the flag and saying thanks to your fans. Good luck and best wishes.


  85. I’m happy for Red Bulls fans who feel he didn’t much of anything in his time here, it frees up that DP spot now. But thank you Claudio for your years of service in Red, White and Blue! Lots of great memories!

  86. Geoff says:

    I agree with Brant in that we all should remember Claudio for all he has done for the US National team from the early 90’s and through the heights of 2002 and everything he’s done for US Soccer. I know Rangers fans will hold him in high regard and rightly so. He was NOT be blame for the first round exit at 2006. Its just a shame that the Red Bulls never saw the best of him and that horrible turf didn’t help an already injury prone player. We all should be grateful to him because he is truly one of the top 5 players to ever come out of America. Bob Bradley is still trying to replace him in central midfield to this day. John O’Brien was the only player who was just as good as him in that position. Thanks Claudio for all you’ve done and the REAL fans remember all the great things you have done for US Soccer here and overseas.

  87. Jacob says:

    I think Mike says it best.

  88. Raghu says:

    Can’t believe the abuse you’re all giving him. Certainly this wasn’t the way he wanted the last 2 years to go.

    Reyna deserves better from US soccer fans.

    I’m gonna toast him at the bar tonight – as one of the brightest lights of US Soccer.

    Too many people just assume that his lack of flashiness on the pitch was the same as a lack of on the pitch class.

    Those that think that way – are sadly mistaken. The US Nats still haven’t found someone who could stabilize them in the midfield the way he did FOR YEARS – and through injuries!

    For US Soccer – the only field player to match the class of Friedel and Keller at the time.

    What was always amazing to me was how much the Man City and Sunderland fans loved him and the chants of Captain America that went with it.

    Unfortunately, all the critics, and naysayers never give enough credit for what our Reyna led team did in Korea.

    I’m toasting Captain America tonight. I hope some of you do as well.

  89. HomeyBoehme says:

    @Steve T. – lol about bud = crap. My hope is that inBev goes to Budweiser and says, “Ok, now to make BEEEEEEER you just need to stop adding so much WAAAAATER.”

    I could care less, as I pinkishly and eurosnobbishly drink Belgian beer anyway (more to do with my wife having lived there for a year AND a small local beer store run by some Australian guy who keeps lots of Belgian brews in stock). 😉

    Of course the fact that the Middle East and China own most of our governments debt should probably be of more concern than whether a crappy domestic brew is owned by a Belgian company.

    Oh yes, I should probably says something about Reyna….um….Thanks for making my 2002 World Cup. Thanks for ruining my 2006 World Cup.

  90. Furball says:

    While I sometimes feel bad for the Claudio for the abuse he took from Red Bull fans, I also can not think of too many of them who were happy that Red Bull used their DP on Claudio.

  91. MasterShake says:

    who the hell is Claudio Reyna??

  92. LJ says:

    It is time for him to pass on through those shiny gates, and rejoin Tab Ramos, Hugo Perez, and John O’Brien.

    It never feels like hero’s go out the way they should.

  93. Ceez says:

    “I had tears streaming down my face as I watched you after the USA-Germany game, wrapped in the flag and saying thanks to your fans.” – Mike


  94. lakaix15 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO i am very happy!!!!

    rememner that kid from venazuela that we couldnt get Vargas who scored two goals vs brazil…. i would use the spot on him he is amazing to watch…. other then that requelme would be nice or Henry????…. Osorio has the connections and redbull has the money now lets make this HAPPEN!!!!! TRANSFER WINDOW HERE WE COME!!!!

  95. Marc says:

    First, congrats to Claudio on a superb career. He was blamed (both fairly and unfairly) for a lot of things wrong with RBNY, and all was not his fault. Yes, he was injury prone, but those facts were well known when he came over here. It was probably too much to expect him to remain healthy on the pitiful surface that RBNY plays. Unfortunately, he did not make every effort to bond with fans – I think that was his ultimate downfall here.

  96. Seth says:

    Thanks for a great 14 years, Claudio, US soccer wouldn’t have been the same without you.

  97. KingSnake says:

    link to

    Four honors. Not exactly an overwhelming haul.

    Never played more than 29 matches in a season, in fact playing only 24 or more matches twice in 14 years …

  98. soccerroo says:

    Reyna The best US field player since the early 90’s. He probably would have played in the 94 WC if not for an injury and so that puts him on the National team for over 10 years as one of the best players. I think this deserves the praise and thank yous.

    I agree that the Red Bulls screwed up but come on give the guy the thanks that he deserves after a career of being one of the Greats of US soccer History.

  99. Nordy says:

    Any truth to the rumor that he’ll be sitting out his retirement press conference due to a strained quad?

  100. Eugene says:

    I’d actually prefer to see NY use the 2nd DP slot for a playmaking attacking mid (moving Rojas to left wing), rather than another forward. The problem with having both DPs as forwards is that if you can’t get them the ball, they float around isolated with little influence on the game.

    Having a quality playmaker can bring up everyone’s game and can definitively connect the midfield with the forwards, allowing the team’s game to flow.

    I think if the team gets a pretty decent but not DP 2nd forward to partner with Angel, they should be more than alright.

  101. Sean says:

    I am glad to hear this. It should have happened last season and Red Bull never should have used a DP slot on him. Having said that, Claudio Reyna was a very positive part of the US team for several years.

    It is too bad that he had a knack for playing places for too long. It’s too bad he was overvalued. If Reyna had been signed for 200K, I highly doubt there would have been this much criticism of him. Compared to MLS terms of quality, he was a highly gifted player. But, it was foolish not to foresee this debacle.

    His age combined with his injury problems combined with the fact that he is not what the DP rule is supposed to be about… added to the high pressure style of MLS, lack of flow to MLS games, the awful and hard surface at Giants Stadium and this was one of the worst moves in the history of MLS.

    In the EPL and on the US team, he deserves a bit of credit. Without his help, the team would have been not as good (most of the time).

  102. Jacob S. says:

    Cheers, Claudio. A leader of the USMNT and a great ambassador overseas in Europe despite his injuries. Thank you for everything you’ve done for American soccer. I’m sure he would have liked to go out better than his tainted career with RBNY, but you can’t blame a man of his caliber for trying to hold on to something he loves for so long. I wish him best of luck in everything he does in the future.

  103. Yossarian says:

    Anyone who thinks Henry is coming here is dreaming, imo. Maybe he’ll be here in 5 years but not in his prime. Other than Beckham, when has MLS ever been able to attract a world-class player under the age of 34?

  104. Jaxxy says:

    Reyna was always a good European club player, and for that he should get respect.

    But come on, honestly – anyone who says he was a world-class player is saying that just because he wore the US shirt.

    He was terrible in France 98, not much better in Japorea 02, and was worthless on the Red Bulls.

    Anyone watching his games in the RB shirt could see that his passes were consistently inches short, and that he couldn’t stay on the ball when challenged.

    Let’s put it this way – if Reyna were coming up these days, there’s no way he’d make it into this midfield. He was never able to live up to being Ramos’ successor.

    He made us proud as a Yank in Europe, but was perhaps the most overrated player this side of Donovan.

  105. Bryan says:

    Because their audience cares more about baseball than cycling.

  106. sublicon says:

    Brian McBride! Brian McBride! Brian McBride! Brian McBride!

  107. TheDreamTeam says:

    What this means is MLS is not a place for those over 35 to come to simply retire. Others in Reyna’s age range are prospering including Blanco but this league is no longer for those who simply want a high paycheck with little running. It’s now a physically demanding league. Too bad Reyna and others in the future are going to have to learn this the hard way. Shame he had to go out this way. Would’ve been nice to see him at least finish the season but he’ll be remembered for his service on the USMNT and his years at “City.”

  108. Caldwell says:

    Anyone who is gleeful over Reyna’s retirement is an idiot. He easily makes the all-time USMNT best XI. Show some class, people!

  109. Tim F. says:

    Claudio was on the best XI squard for the 2002 World Cup. You can’t ask for much more than that!

  110. Frimp says:

    1st reaction – Too bad to see his career end in what he would probably characterize as a less-than-ideal ending. I’m sure he would have wanted to lead the team for 2 years as a solid sendoff to his career and contribution to US soccer/MLS.

    2nd reaction – Good for RBNY to use the slot if they can/will.

    Speaking of players with injuries and “knowing what you’re getting by looking at the last 2 years”…why all the circle-j for thierry henry. yes he is amazing, and so on. but what about a younger, less injury-prone DP – he’s been having issues.

    I have not set my heart on TH14, no offense to him, as many have…am I alone on this one? So be it.

  111. Joe B. says:

    I don’t know. I have mixed emotions about this. Although I understand this was best for the Red Bulls, and I knew he was a shell of himself from six years ago, we sholud look at his career as whole. He’s definitely one of the best we had. I was going to type some other stuff, but I don’t want to sound negative…

  112. papa bear says:

    @Posted by: mikeK | July 15, 2008 at 04:05 PM

    when it comes to anything that gives NY or LA another competitive advantage then you can rest assured the league will bend over backwards to make it happen.

    Reyna is the worst DP signing in league history. Good job on the distinction. (yes, he was far worse than Denilson…FAR worse)

    It seems like it wouldn’t be in the interest of fairness to let the DP slot open up like this.

    As bad as Reyna sucked in MLS, and I mean employee of the month at the Bunny Ranch suckage, it is a bit sad to see someone who more often than not shined bright in the USMNT shirt.

  113. papa bear says:

    @Posted by: Caldwell | July 15, 2008 at 06:14 PM

    are you joking? If, god forbid, I was a RBNY fan I would be elated that one of the biggest money and roster drains on my team was being excised. Don’t confuse elation for their club getting a roster spot at the very least for disrespect for his international career.

    MLS isn’t and shouldn’t be a seniors tour send off love fest for former USMNT players. It’s great when they come back, but the league should be about winning not nostalgia.

  114. Jaxxy says:

    Papa Bear – exactly right. To both paragraphs.

  115. Mark says:

    I hope Claudio has a great retirement and enjoys whatever he chooses to do. He was a great player for the Nats and in Europe, but his tenure at Red Bull was disastrous. Too bad the stadium hadn’t been build 3-4 years ago so Reyna would have been playing on a pristine grass field which may have helped him avoid some injuries. Would have been nice to see him go out as a hero in his hometown rather than the bad guy.

  116. manchester correspondent says:

    Sorry to hear this, but I suppose inevitable. We had a similar experience with the man, but there is no doubt that when fit he was a class act, unfortunately it wasn’t often enough.

    Good Luck

  117. Sandro says:

    Sad to see Captain America go!!! but the constant nagging injuries was hurting his legacy. Too bad the Red Bulls did not win a championship during his stint here, but I will never forget what he did to the US Mens National team.

    Thank you Claudio! Thank you for all the wonderful memories!

  118. derek says:

    wow – a lot of disrespect on here. may your legs work as well at his age.

    thanks claudio for all the us games. ’02 especially.

  119. mcscheffel says:

    How sad it s that the greatest field talents the US ever produced (Renya, Ramos, Mathis and O’Brien) spent as much time as they did injured.

    Imagine what 1998-2002 would have looked like with O’Brien as a left back or central mid, Renya central mid, Ramos on the right and Clint Mathis as Attacking mid/Forward. We would have been one of the teams to fear.

    Thank you Claudio for elevating the US game both on the pitch and in the world’s eyes. I am truly saddened that your return to the US was marred by such injury. I will burn a patch of FieldTurf in your honor tonight.

    Sooooooo, Clint Mathis for the remainder of the year followed by Henry in 2009?

  120. MiamiAl says:

    Claudio Reyna was a spoiled brat for his entire career. I will always remember him for two things: him crumpled over as he gave up that goal in the last WC. And how he played defense, which was to raise his hand looking for an offsides call (which never came)as the guy blows by him to score a goal. I wonder if Kenny Arena was ever jealous of Cluadio?

  121. Joamiq says:

    I can’t say I’m happy. But I’m very relieved and looking forward to the future, finally.

  122. socmin says:

    With some notable exceptions, too many people show how classless near-anonymous commenting can be.

  123. Mario in SJ says:

    There is lots of animosity and its understandable when a DP was not able to perform at the level that was expected. Time however is a cruel thing and Reyna was its latest victim.

    However, he was absolutely the best US Player of his generation.

    I for one wish to thank Claudio for all he did for soccer in the US; he will always be remembered as Captain America.

    Thank you Claudio and good luck!!!!!!

  124. Scott A says:

    Thanks Claudio. 2002, the rest of your time with the USMNT, and your club success was amazing to watch. Good luck

  125. Jack says:

    Wow, that mighty Bruce Arena hiring and Reyna deal sure worked out well for the MetroRedBullScumStars.

    That organization will always suck.

  126. jig says:


    Can you please provide concrete examples of Reyna acting like a “spoiled brat”?

    Are you people kidding me? The guy was the heartbeat of our national team for the better part of a decade. God, watch the games. He was the only reason we ever kept the ball and actually maintained possession going forward.

    It’s not his fault that he wanted to play the game he loved in his hometown. And its also not his fault that the highly-competent management at RBNY felt that they needed to pay him millions to do so.

    My greatest memory of Claudio was the US friendly against Holland at Gillette just before WC 2002. Him and Davids–at the time a world classplayer– were getting after each other the entire game, and Reyna more than held his own. Thanks, Claudio, we enjoyed watching you.

  127. ct says: