Is Claudio a sacred cow of U.S. soccer?
Dyer takes a look at Reyna's value to his New York team specifically, and MLS in general.
Frankie Hejduk vouches for Reyna in the piece, but I know another former World Cup teammate of Reyna was far less complimentary.
"Claudio Reyna is not worth a million dollars in this league," he told me. "Please."
The thing is, that's what he said when Reyna was signed, before the injuries started piling up.
I have to admit, I had to use journalistic objectivity to overcome my personal hope that John O'Brien would be a good signing for MLS. His skill and creativity were thrilling, but his track record of health and fitness couldn't be ignored. Rather sadly, I wrote an article that was more than a bit skeptical of the investment Chivas USA made. Things turned out even worse than anyone expected. O'Brien cost only a fraction of what Reyna did, but he only played five minutes for the squad. There's no way the team got good value out of that.
Is Reyna worth a million? If not, what is he worth? Is he perhaps a better fit for another team? Is he delicate creme brulee instead of tough Jello, or completely insubstantial cotton candy?