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Reyna joins MLS Red Bulls after Man City dismissal

24 January 2007 20:39

EAST RUTHERFORD, United States (AFP) - Claudio Reyna, captain of the 2006 US World Cup squad, joined the New York Red Bulls, one day after leaving English Premiership side Manchester City.

The 33-year-old midfielder, making his Major League Soccer debut, will be reunited with coach Bruce Arena, who guided him on the World Cup team and on three consecutive US college champion sides at the University of Virginia.

"I am pleased that Claudio has agreed to sign with our club," Arena said. "Claudio is a proven player at the highest levels in the game and his experience and leadership skills will improve our team."

Reyna, a native of nearby Newark, will be the Red Bulls´ designated player, allowing him to receive more than the MLS-maximum salary of 300,000 dollars in the same deal that allowed Los Angeles to sign David Beckham.

"I´m very excited to be coming back to play at home minutes from where I grew up," said Reyna. "I look forward to playing for Bruce, who I have known for such a long time, and am excited about the whole opportunity."

Reyna played in three World Cups but retired from international play after 112 caps - fourth-most in US history - following the Americans´ first-round exit last June in Germany.

In addition to 77 matches for Manchester City between 2003 and 2007, Reyna´s European stops have included Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg of the German Bundesliga, Scotland´s Glasgow Rangers and England´s Sunderland.

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