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july 20, 2012 • 03:33 PM

Reyna's son Jack dies at age 13

Claudio Reyna of the New York Red Bulls speaks to the media during a press conference to announce his retirement at St. Benedict Prep School on July 16, 2008 in Newark, New Jersey.
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According to ESPN.com reports, former U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna's son Jack died Thursday night after a long battle against a brain tumor. Jack was 13.

Reyna played for the U.S. in three World Cups and spent time with the European clubs Glasgow, Sunderland, Manchester City, Bayer Leverkusen and VFW Wolfsburg before retiring with the New York Red Bulls in 2008.

Jack was born while Reyna was playing with Glasgow 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, "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 through U.S. Soccer that read, "It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer (Thursday). 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."

Claudio Reyna is currently the youth technical director for U.S. Soccer.

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