Rumored through much of November and all of December, Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano tweeted this afternoon that Juventus have secured a transfer for their newest sprout.
Juventus are set to complete the signing of Bryan Reynolds from Dallas FC.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 13, 2021
He’ll renew his passport in the next days, he’ll join Benevento side in Serie A until June [Juve can’t sign any extra UE player now] then next season Reynolds will play for Juve. ⚪️⚫️ @UCLonCBSSports
Reynolds will not report to Juventus immediately, as Serie A rules prevent the Turin-based giants from bringing another non-EU signing into their squad this season. Sounds like the Texan will be heading to Benevento Calcio, currently 10th in Serie A, then will join Le Zebre in the 2021-2022 season.
Reynolds’ meteoric rise has come so quickly that he’s yet to appear for the USMNT. He was a regular for the United States U-16s, U-17s, & U-18s starting in 2016, including a roster spot on the U-17 2017 World Cup roster. Teammates on that roster included Sergiño Dest, Josh Sargent, and Tim Weah.
As a member of the World Cup team and the youngest Homegrown contract in FC Dallas history, Reynolds was a forward. He’s since transitioned to a right back of such eye raising talent that he’s headed to one of the world’s most storied teams.
The signing represents one of the most memeable argumentative divides of USMNT fans: The power and importance of MLS in developing young USMNT talent.
MLS advocates credit the FC Dallas academy for their work building a remarkable talent and the progress the league has made and continues to make in nurturing young American talent.
Simultaneously, MLS detractors will argue Reynolds attracted high level European attention even before logging just 112 MLS senior team minutes in the 2018-2019 season. They’ll also say that these players should be skipping even the MLS development system and going to Europe quicker.
Have fun with that one, Internet!
What we know with no spin is that another youngster currently in January Camp with the U-23s and deserving of a full USMNT call-up will be moving to an international powerhouse, and if this trend continues we’re going to need more dry erase markers for our 2022 World Cup rosters.