Emanuel Reynoso’s performance this season has given his club and its supporters many reasons to smile, and Minnesota United’s primary playmate also smiles through what he has consistently asked to do more.
Reynoso was grinning after being selected this week as one of 28 players going to the MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles on August 25. His manager, Adrian Heath, praised Ray on Thursday before repeating his request.
Heath said, “I keep challenging him to be better, and for him to be better is to score more goals and sometimes be more selfish because he’s always looking for that last pass and he gets that assist. which he does.” “But I can think of four or five occasions this year where he has tried to pick the next pass, and I want him to do what he did in L.A. and strike him off his feet. ”
Reynoso scored the club’s 200th goal in MLS on 28 July in a 2–2 draw with LAFC; It was his second goal from open play in a total of 2,268 minutes since joining Minnesota for a $5 million transfer fee from Argentina’s Boca Juniors last August.
Ray, who scored two astonishing goals from long-range free kicks with the Loons, has a total of 19 assists in that period, including a league-record seven assists in three MLS Cup playoff matches last winter.
“He’s as good as I’ve seen with the last pass, but now we really have to talk to him about goals, goals, goals because it takes him from a $5-10 million (dollar) player to $20 million.” (dollar) players,” Heath said.
Reynoso has answered external questions about scoring more goals since the preseason. “The coach criticizes me a lot,” he said on Friday, through the club’s Spanish translator Gabriela Lozada. “It hurts me a lot, but it’s for good. He wants me to be (better), always wants me to score more and be more available in the last third. I don’t always get up there enough because I’m my teammates I try to pass.”
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Heather isn’t trying to nitpick as much to see Reyno’s ceiling height. “We’ll keep doing what the coach asks,” said Ray with a mild laugh.
As for how accurate he can be, Reynoso hasn’t been as accurate in shots on goal, putting only 16.7 percent of his 48 shots on target, per Wiscout. With two goals this season, he is underperforming his expected goals of 2.75, according to the analytics/scouting site.
Argentina has nothing like the All-Star Games, and in the US it is a unique format against the best players from Mexico’s Liga MX – a deviation from a top European club in its preseason as an opponent.
“It’s really nice to play against the best in the Mexican league because they are players who have a lot of experience and an upward trajectory,” Reynoso said.
Reynoso’s good mood continued on Thursday when he confirmed he would receive a bonus for making the All-Star Game.
“But like I said, good things will come,” he said. “You keep working, and I continue to be grateful to my teammates and my coach who give me so much confidence. They all give you the confidence to have fun on the pitch and do it with sacrifice and humility.”
The Lunes on Friday announced the acquisition of 20-year-old Honduran midfielder Joseph Rosales from the Independent in Panama’s top flight.
Rosales will be on an 18-month loan with Minnesota, with a purchase option available for MNUFC at the end of the 2022 season. Given his youth in a seasoned team, it will be interesting to see how much he plays, and what will be seen as a success to get him back on a full contract. Also, what position he can play is up in the air.
“He is a player of versatility,” Heath said in a statement. We’ve been able to really bring him into our club and see where his potential goes.”
Rosales was spotted by the MNUFC front office while he was playing for Honduras in CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in March. “That was one of the main reasons the Honduran national team qualified for the Olympics, and it’s worthwhile,” Heath said.