Israel Reyes has been heavily linked with a move to América for the 2023 Clausura after finishing with his current club, Puebla, in the 2022 Apertura Liguilla.
In the meantime, while the clubs and agents talk numbers, Reyes is doing his part to win over new fans before the deal is even finalized.
Israel Reyes Panenka vs. Chivas
The 22-year-old Mexican was the fourth camotero to come up to the spot in a shootout against Chivas Sunday.
With the score tied 3-3 and after Chivas’ Angulo had hit the crossbar, Reyes had the opportunity to give his team the lead for the first time in the shootout.
The pressure? Nonexistent.
#Penales ¡Gooooooool del Puebla! Israel Reyes la pica y la manda a guardar.: ✅✅✅✅
— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) October 9, 2022
Puebla would go on to win the shoot-out 5-4.
The young defender is a star in the making.
Reyes is already winning the hearts of americanistas
Like we said, Reyes’ performance and penalty were worthy of some reactions on social media; especially those of América fans who're now pleading for the signing of the young Mexican.
Yeah I need Reyes at America like now lol— Anthony (@gj17tony) October 9, 2022
Fichen a Israel Reyes YA @ClubAmerica— Brandon Izaguirre (@Brandon15600) October 9, 2022
ISRAEL REYES con esa panenka firmó contrato con el América.Qué carácter, qué huevos.
Humillando a Chivas ya desde Puebla.
Águila más que confirmado.
— Fernando Esquivel ✌ (@fer_esquivel22) October 9, 2022
GOLAZOOOOO DE ISRAEL REYES A LO PANENKA VS CHIVAS JAJAJAJA EL PRÓXIMO REFUERZO DEL CLUB AMÉRICA— Roberto Haz (@tudimebeto) October 9, 2022
The person who seemed to most enjoy the goal, though, was someone you might be familiar with.
Jozy Altidore’s hilarious reaction to Reyes’ penalty
The former USMNT striker has not gotten the desired minutes since signing for La Franja, but he’s making sure he’s making an impact somehow, even if that means rooting the team on and spreading positive energy from the bench.
Giving NBA sideline energy here.
El festejo de Altidore pic.twitter.com/gDiPSrJ6fa— (@ElRincondelAme) October 10, 2022
We love you, Jozy.