"I was given the opportunity as a child that now, with the help of my family, friends and kind supporters, want to give back to future generations" - Claudio Reyna
Claudio played professionally for 12 years in three European countries for five different teams: Bayer Leverkusen and Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, Glasgow Rangers F.C. in Scotland, then Sunderland AFC and Manchester City FC in the English Premier League. When with Vfl Wolfsburg, he was the first American player to ever wear the captain's armband in a European league. Before his retirement in 2008, Claudio played his last professional season in United States with NY Red Bulls.
Claudio represented the United States National team in 4 World Cups from 1994 through 2006, serving as team Captain in 2002 and 2006. He appeared 112 times. He was the first American player to be selected to the FIFA All World Cup team for his performances during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. He also represented the US in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
After his retirement from professional soccer in 2008, Claudio launched the foundation with a goal to nurture, encourage and develop the sport in America while fighting poverty and childhood obesity.
In 2010 Claudio was appointed the Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation.
In 2013 Claudio was named Director of Football Operations by the newly formed MLS franchise New York City Football Club (NYCFC).