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Gio Reyna celebrates with his fingers in his ears AGAIN after scoring second straight game-winner

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Gio Reyna celebrates with his fingers in his ears AGAIN after scoring second straight game-winner

Gio Reyna continued to block the noise surrounding his US national team career with another goal on domestic duty for Borussia Dortmund.

For the second time in a week, the midfielder came off the bench to score the game winner for the Bundesliga side.

Reyna came on for former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in the 62nd minute and found the back of the net in the 93rd minute to seal all three points for Dortmund against Mainz and mark their second straight win.

Gio Reyna continues to suppress the noise surrounding his career with the USA team

Gio Reyna continues to suppress the noise surrounding his career with the USA team

From a corner kick, the 20-year-old raced to the back post to latch on to a headed pass from Sebastien Haller to seal a 2-1 win over Mainz in the game’s dramatic dying minutes.

He immediately ran to the corner to celebrate with the away section as his teammates flowed in behind him before being greeted in a huddle.

Reyna then turned to the stands with fingers in her ears in a ‘blocking-out-the-noise’ celebration with teammate English forward Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who joined in.

Teammate, English forward Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, joined the midfielder's celebration

Teammate, English forward Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, joined the midfielder’s celebration

On Sunday, in his first game since a World Cup event, Reyna also scored the winner to help Dortmund beat Augsburg in a thrilling 4-3 goal fest and staged a similar celebration.

The American ran to the corner to celebrate with the home fans, putting his finger to his mouth in a sly gesture before sticking his fingers to his ears.

Reyna’s ability on the field was completely overshadowed last month by reports of bad behavior in the USA camp and a bombshell ‘blackmail’ scandal between Gregg Berhalter and his family.

He raised a finger to his mouth to make a gesture of silence, following a month of controversy

He raised a finger to his mouth to make a gesture of silence, following a month of controversy

Reyna played a very limited role for his country in Qatar, despite his impressive performances domestically, leaving many American soccer fans confused and outraged by his omission.

In December, Berhalter announced at a summit in New York City that an unidentified player was about to be sent home from Qatar.

While Berhalter did not name the player in his comments, MLSSoccer.com first reported that Reyna was the one he was referring to.

Furthermore, the USMNT voted on whether or not Reyna should remain on the team in Qatar – where the winger won the vote by a 13-12 tally.

Reyna later admitted he was emotional and unmotivated, but added that he had been told before the World Cup that his role would be limited and that all team disputes would be kept ‘in house’.

Reyna was surprisingly given a limited role for the USA in their World Cup campaign

Reyna was surprisingly given a limited role for the USA in their World Cup campaign

Reyna's mother Danielle (left) tells US Soccer about Gregg Berhalter kicking his wife in 1991

Reyna’s mother Danielle (left) tells US Soccer about Gregg Berhalter kicking his wife in 1991

In response to Berhalter’s insult to Gio Reyna during the World Cup, Danielle Reyna – Gio’s mother and the wife of former US midfielder Claudio Reyna – notified US Soccer last month of an incident in 1991 where Berhalter kicked his future wife, Rosalind – Danielle Reyna’s college roommate.

After being stripped of Sunday’s win, many believed that Reyna’s celebration was a response to the controversy surrounding her mother’s ‘blackmail’ plot.

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Alexi Lalas, who earned 96 caps for the USA during his playing career, suggested that the celebration was based on several ‘motives’.

‘No one is debating what Gio Reyna’s talent is or what he expects from his development. Not me, not you, not anyone out there, not Gregg Berhalter and certainly not Gio Reyna’s parents,’ the former defender told his State of the Union podcast.

Lalas never stops calling for Berhalter to stay in charge of the USMNT despite the incident

Lalas never stops calling for Berhalter to stay in charge of the USMNT despite the incident

‘But everything he does has an extra and more meaningful meaning, especially when you celebrate like this – and don’t think the players didn’t have a motive for the way they celebrated. It’s that moment where you know every camera and eyeball is on you and what you do will be interpreted and sometimes misunderstood.’

Lalas then added: ‘Finally, Gio Reyna has moved on from the World Cup. We’re not moving forward, and him doing this celebration guarantees that this story will continue – which is what we’re talking about today.

‘So mission accomplished if that’s what you want to do, Gio.’

After two goals in two games, Reyna certainly appears to be on the move and flying for the German side.

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