- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 27, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Claudio Reyna, Designated Player
You know most of the time I don’t worry about a player seeing his time run out with a club unless I have a strong connection with him, know him, or have followed his career. Claudio Reyna actually doesn’t fit into any of those categories.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan of Captain America during his time with the National team and what not but anymore with the Red Bulls I find myself not being a fan.
I don’t know if it is the waste of money (and cap space to some) that the Red Bulls have done with Reyna. The fact that he may be on the same level in terms of being a DP-bust like Denilson. Or maybe it is because of little stunts like this past week where he doesn’t follow his club to a friendly and instead plays in a charity pick up game.
Now, I loved the charity game as much as the next guy but after reading some comments from some Red Bull fans it appears he has pulled the final straw with most of them. Lack of communication with the press and maybe his own club, not trying to work back from an injury in a proper manner seem to grow large with Red Bull fans.
I know if I were a Red Bull fan I would be tired of Reyna eating up a chunk of salary that could be used a little wiser.
I don’t see the guy going anywhere this summer in terms of getting cut or traded. But I am starting to wonder if this really is his final season of soccer. If that is the case it may be a sad one because its almost like he went into retirement well before he got to MLS. I saw him a couple months ago here in Dallas and saw little glimpses of the player I use to enjoy watching. But for the most part I saw an aged, tired and somewhat injured picture of what I had already become accustomed to since he joined the league last season.
So my question of the day to you all, or questions really. Are Reyna’s days in New York numbered? Is he really going down as one of the worst DPs that the league has seen so far? And what could happen to help him save face with his club, fans, and the league right now?
Let’s hear it.