Americans Abroad: Gio Reyna scores, Jordan Pefok shines

Lizzy Becherano
Giovanni Reyna scores again.
Giovanni Reyna scores again. / Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Americans abroad are at it again.

US Men's National Team figures played a key role for their respective clubs over the weekend, scoring in Europe's best leagues. Giovanni Reyna came off the bench to score once again, while Jordan Pefok managed the game-winning goal for Union Berlin.

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1. Gio Reyna does it again

Giovanni Reyna
Giovanni Reyna scored his third goal for Dortmund in 2023. / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Gio Reyna has become Borussia Dortmund's super sub. The player came off the bench to score another stunning goal, firing a right-footed shot from the left side of the box into the net.

It was Reyna's third goal in three consecutive Bundesliga matches, proving himself to be a vital part of Edin Terzic’s squad.

Overall, he's recorded five goals in 13 matches throughout the 2022/2023 season. But more is to come from the player as long as he remains healthy.

2. Jordan Pefok delivers

After a month-long dry spell, Jordan Pefok was on the scoresheet for Union Berlin once again. The player came off the bench to deliver the winning goal for Berlin in the 2-1 victory against Mainz. It was Pefok’s first goal for the Bundesliga club since September 18, propelling Union Berlin to top of the league standings.

3. Auston Trusty scores

Auston Trusty
Auston Trusty scores. / Dan Istitene/GettyImages

Auston Trusty inspired Birmingham City to a 4-3 comeback victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium with a last minute goal. The player managed a 97th minute header to boost the Championship team to the triumph, and score his fourth league goal of the 2022/2023 campaign. 

4. Jesse Marsch hails McKennie

Weston McKennie
Weston McKennie joins Leeds United. / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Weston McKennie is the latest American to arrive at Leeds United under the direction of manager Jesse Marsch. He joins on loan from Juventus, to reunite with USMNT figures Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson in a move Marsch labeled a 'no-brainer'.

“What I heard about Weston was ‘great guy, a great team-mate, a competitor, confident’,” Marsch said in his pre-match press conference. “When I spoke to him, I learned that he was hungry, had a desire to improve and a belief that he has done well in his career but has so much more to achieve and learn.

“When I combined all that with watching him over the years, signing Weston became a no-brainer and I felt he was the perfect guy for us,” Marsch added.

“It’s a transfer we should be proud of as Leeds United because bringing in a player like him, from Juventus, is a tribute to us as a club.”