July 15, 2008
Former Virginia soccer star Claudio Reyna is retiring after 14 seasons at the professional level. Reyna ends a storied career that carried throughout his years as a pro, but also at the college level as a Cavalier.
Reyna was most recently signed by the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. He was contract was for two years and worth 2.5 million dollars, but leg injuries kept him from being the player that the Red Bulls were hoping for. While in New York, he played for his former coach at Virginia, Bruce Arena. He will still be paid the 1.25 million dollars he is owed for this year.
Prior to joining the Red Bulls, Reyna had playing time in Europe, and also headlined the U.S. National Team.
Perhaps his greatest years, however, came from 1991-1993, when he played for Arena at the University of Virginia. During those three years, Reyna led the Cavaliers to three consecutive national championships, and won the Hermann Trophy in 1993. He also won the MAC Award in both 1992 and 1993. Soccer America magazine also found Reyna worthy of awards, naming him their player of the year in both 1992 and 1993, and he was also named the magazine's Player of the Century in 2000.
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