Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Claudio Reyna Headed Home -- As Oguchi Onyewu finds his services in high demand in Europe, Claudio Reyna finds himself on the other side of the professional curve. Reyna hasn't been getting substantial playing time in Manchester City. For weeks, the rumor mill has had him coming back to his play near his boyhoood New Jersey home, with the MLS' New York Red Bulls. Reuters is reporting that Reyna's contract with City has been terminated. It is reasonable to expect an announcement soon about a deal with the Red Bulls.

Claudio has a chance to really be a field general here, a role he hasn't had since he left Scotland to play for Manchester's other team. He can also be instrumental in the development of the Red Bulls' 17-year old sensation, Josmer Altidore. The New York/New Jersey area franchise had some success early on with Tab Ramos in the midfield, but hasn't really been able to come up with anyone else to direct the offense, since Ramos retired. The team's record has largely reflected that deficiency. With Reyna directing play, the Red Bulls may join D.C. United, the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution in the race for Eastern Conference supremacy.

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