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The USMNT have a Gio Reyna problem — they need him too much

Reyna's importance reveals the United States' lack of attacking diversity.

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Six minutes into extra time in Arlington, Texas, Gio Reyna picked up the ball at the edge of the center circle. 

With a touch and the drop of a shoulder, he pushed through a challenge in the attacking half. As Reyna drove upfield, Jamaica’s Michael Hector stepped out of the backline in an attempt to stop his progress. But in trying to stop the ball, Hector created a gap in his team’s defense. Bending the outside of his right foot, the 21-year-old American played a delightful through ball to Haji Wright.

That through ball served as the go-ahead assist for the U.S. as they booked their spot in Sunday's Concacaf Nations League final.

Without Reyna for the first 45 minutes, the U.S. looked utterly lifeless. 

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