Loons star Reynoso calls December Argentina arrest ‘resolved’
Minnesota United star midfielder Emanuel Reynoso on Thursday called his December arrest and detention in his native Argentina “resolved” and said he is focused on his team’s season, which begins Saturday in Philadelphia .
Reynoso spoke to reporters in Minnesota for the first time since his arrest in his hometown of Cordoba over allegations he threatened and beat a 16-year-old with a gun.
“If I’m here, it’s because, thanks to God, everything could be resolved,” he said. “My lawyer told me thank goodness everything is resolved. So now I’m here and I’m only thinking about playing.”
Major League Soccer responded to a Star Tribune inquiry into Reynoso’s status on Wednesday with a statement saying he was cleared to participate in team activities and competitions while the league continues its review of the alleged conduct. by Reynoso.
“MLS will consider further action if credible information is uncovered or if developments in the proceedings occur,” the statement said.
Reynoso, 26, was arrested and detained for more than a week while an investigation was opened. He posted nearly $10,000 bond, according to Cordoba media translated from Spanish to English, and was allowed to travel to the United States and return to Minnesota to report for work with Minnesota. United.
He did so in January in time for the start of pre-season training.
Reynoso did not discuss the allegations Thursday. He called the case a “difficult situation” and thanked his family and team for their support.
“Honestly, I wasn’t doing my best in this, but I knew my amazing family was waiting for me and the team was waiting,” Reynoso said. “I was thinking of coming back here, to have a good season.”
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath has called his star point guard a potential league MVP contender this season.
After practice on Thursday, Heath said: “It wasn’t ideal for everyone. We went through the right protocol with the league. He’s come back here and he’s in really good shape, looks like he’s really enjoys his football. He has a smile on his face and when he has a smile on his face that’s when he’s happy and playing his best football.”
Reynoso said he was “very, very” grateful to play after being detained for more than a week.
“The situation that happened made me stronger to keep fighting, to grow, to be here for such a great club that gave me the opportunity to play in this great league,” Reynoso said. . “To keep improving and learning from it. I’m fully focused for this season which I think will be a great season for us.”