Posted on July 19, 2012
Jack Reyna, the oldest son of National Soccer Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna and Danielle Reyna, has passed away. He was 13.
Jack, the couple’s eldest son, reportedly had brain cancer.
Claudio, the U.S. Youth Soccer technical director, decided to skip his induction into the Hall of Fame prior to the U.S.-Brazil match at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on May 31 to be with his son and family.
U.S. Soccer on Friday issued a statement from the Reyna family:
“Jack was so courageous during his two-year fight that he’s become a hero and inspiration to many. Surrounded by his entire family, Jack passed peacefully at the age of 13.
“Thanks to all for the outpouring of support, prayers, and well wishes. Rest in Peace Jack Reyna. You were loved by many and your legacy will carry on.”
Claudio established himself as the the most successful U.S. player performing overseas before returning home to play with the Red Bulls in 2007 an 2008 before retiring. He played for the National Team for from 1994-2006, earning 112 caps and 94 starts.
Danielle was an accomplished player herself starring in youth soccer in the Long Island Junior Soccer League and at the University of North Carolina. Then known as Danielle Egan, she made a few appearances for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
The Reynas reside in Bedford, N.Y.
The U.S. Soccer family sent its condolences to the Reynas “during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Claudio, his wife, Danielle, and their entire family as they cope with their loss. During this emotional time, we ask that everyone please respect their privacy.”
Jack was born in Glasgow when Claudio played with Rangers from 1999-2001.
“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Claudio and his family at this extremely difficult time,” Rangers manager Ally McCoist said on the team’s website.
“We have just heard the sad news that Claudio Reyna’s son Jack has lost his battle against cancer. On behalf of everyone at Rangers I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Claudio and his family at this difficult time.
“Losing a child at just 13 is a tragedy and puts football into perspective.”
In lieu of flowers, family said that fans can make a donation to the Claudio Reyna Foundation on Jack’s behalf. Visit http://claudioreynafoundation.org/claudio-reyna-donate.html.
Claudio Reyna played for the U.S. National Team, several top European clubs and the New York Red Bulls. Wade Jackson/YCJ
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