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Loons star Emanuel Reynoso, 26, accused of hitting 16-year-old teen at party in Argentina

According to La Nacion newspaper, law-enforcement officials were investigating the case that reportedly occurred at a party in one of the city’s neighborhoods Saturday, and prosecutors are asking for information confirming Reynoso’s presence.

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Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) dribbles the ball against Houston Dynamo midfielder Matias Vera during the first half at Allianz Field on Sept. 25, 2021. The midfielder ranks second in MLS key passes — the final pass that leads to a shot — with 7. Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
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Minnesota United star midfielder Emanuel Reynoso has been accused of hitting and threatening a 16-year-old boy with a gun in his hometown of Cordoba, Argentina, according to media reports translated from Spanish on Monday.

According to La Nacion newspaper, law-enforcement officials were investigating the case that reportedly occurred at a party in one of the city’s neighborhoods Saturday, and prosecutors are asking for information confirming Reynoso’s presence.

MNUFC issued this statement to the Pioneer Press: “We are aware of the alleged incident involving Emanuel Reynoso. We are taking this matter seriously and are in the process of gathering as much information as we can. We have no further comment at this time.”

One of Reynoso’s representatives did not immediately respond to a message from the Pioneer Press seeking comment on the situation.

Reynoso, 26, who was an MLS all-star in 2021, is on offseason break after the Loons lost in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Nov. 21. Reynoso posted photos on social media of him playing soccer with children on Friday night.

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Images of the boy purporting the injures, apparently suffered around his eye, also were posted on social media.

Reynoso, 26, had humble beginnings in Argentina and worked odd jobs with his mother to make ends meet and train to become a soccer player. At age 18 in 2014, he was shot in the left leg during what he said was an attempted robbery. At age 21, in 2017, Reynoso was accused of being involved in a shooting where no one was injured.

“I didn’t participate, but I was there with my friends,” Reynoso told the Pioneer Press in a 2020 interview. “The shooting happened and my name came up because I was a public figure who played for (Argentina club) Talleres, so I became involved. I know I wasn’t a part of that, but because these things do happen in my neighborhood, it wasn’t a surprise that it did.”

Reynoso moved from Talleres in Cordoba to famed club Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. Last year, Minnesota United spent a club-record $5 million transfer fee to bring him to MLS. He has seven goals and 24 assists in 46 total games for the Loons across two seasons.

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