Claudio Reyna is a former professional soccer player. Highly recruited out of high school, Reyna elected to attend the University of Virginia from 1991–1993 on a full-ride scholarship. While at Virginia, he spent three seasons on the men's soccer team, coached by future U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena. The Cavaliers would go on to win the NCAA Championship each of his three seasons.
A former midfielder, he was the captain of the United States men's national team (USMNT) He is widely considered as one of the greatest players the United States has ever produced. Reyna last played for New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, where he was team captain. On August 8, 1994, Reyna signed with German Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen after playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Leverkusen eventually loaned Reyna to fellow Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in July 1997. He quickly established himself in Wolfsburg's first team where he became the first American to captain a European club.
Reyna retired from international soccer following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Claudio was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.