KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Reggie Cannon will now take his talents to Europe as FC Dallas announced on Wednesday that the right-back is headed to Portuguese Primeira Liga team Boavista FC.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it has been reported that the teams agreed to a transfer fee around three million dollars.
A former UCLA Bruin, Cannon would sign a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas in Dec. 2016. He then went on to establish himself in the starting line-up in the 2018 season. In total, he appeared in 75 games, scoring three goals and providing five assists.
"This club has given me so many amazing memories," said Cannon in a statement on FC Dallas' website. "Going from the Academy to the First Team, it's really one of the best experiences I could have ever imagined. I'm really excited for this opportunity. I thank Luchi Gonzalez, I thank the club, I thank the staff, Oscar Pareja for giving me that first chance to play - everyone who has given me the opportunity to get to the next level."
"I've always had aspirations to be one of the best fullbacks in the world and I still have that dream," Cannon said. "I want to play in a World Cup one day, I want to make a name for myself. Dallas has provided me with that springboard and with that opportunity to ultimately go overseas and be challenged. I'm really excited for this opportunity and I thank Luchi, club, the staff, and everyone that's given me an opportunity to get to the next level."
The Chicago-born right-back made it no secret that he desired to test himself in Europe. So when he signed a four-year contract with Dallas last year, it was with the understanding that he would eventually head across the Atlantic Ocean when a suitable offer was put on the table.
Cannon's transfer to Boavista is the latest among FC Dallas' youth academy players. Center-back Chris Richards made the move to Bayern Munich while Weston McKennie, who recently signed with Italian Serie A giants Juventus, moved on to Schalke.
While losing Cannon to Boavista may be a blow to Dallas, they knew this time would come and have expressed their full support for the player.
"It's just the right moment," said FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez. "Of course, I don't want to lose him, I want to coach him as long as I can, but he's ready for the next step. He's helped us be the club that we are and it's just the right time."
"We're so proud of what Reggie Cannon has accomplished during his FC Dallas career," said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. "He's gone from Academy to starting for the first team and representing his country for the U.S. Men's National Team. Reggie is the epitome of what we're trying to accomplish here at FC Dallas."
Boavista will get their season underway on Sept. 19 when they face off against Nacional.