Thursday, July 19, 2012
Updated: July 20, 2:15 PM ET
Claudio Reyna's son dies
ESPN.com news services
The son of former United States international Claudio Reyna died Thursday after a long fight against a brain tumor. Jack Reyna was 13.
Claudio Reyna played for the U.S. in three World Cups and spent time with European clubs Glasgow Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City, Bayer Leverkusen and VFW Wolfsburg before retiring in 2008 with the New York Red Bulls. He is now the youth technical director for U.S. Soccer.
Jack was born while Reyna was playing with Rangers in 1999.
"Rangers Football Club tonight learned of the tragic news that Claudio Reyna's son Jack has sadly died after a battle with cancer," a statement on the club's website said Thursday.
"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Claudio and his family at this extremely difficult time."
Rangers manager Ally McCoist added his own condolences.
"On behalf of everyone at Rangers I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Claudio and his family at this difficult time," he said. "Losing a child at just 13 is a tragedy and puts football into perspective."
The family issued a statement.
"It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer (Thursday)," the family said in a statement released through U.S. Soccer. "Jack was so courageous during his two-year fight that he's become a hero and inspiration to many. Surrounded by his entire family, Jack passed peacefully at the age of 13."