Reggie Cannon looks to be leaving FC Dallas to a new team in Portugal. 3rd Degree reported that Reggie Cannon would not be available for FC Dallas’ match this weekend against Minnesota United because he is heading to Portugal, presumably to sign a new deal.
Breaking #DTID News:— 3rd Degree (@3rdDegreeNet) August 28, 2020
2 things. (Probably related?)
1. Reggie Cannon has left town. Heading to Portugal, I'm told. He will not be with FCD this weekend say my sources.
2. Bryan Reynolds has agreed terms on a new contract with #FCDallas. 4 years, approx. $2 mil combined.
It was confirmed by MLS’s Tom Bogert that Cannon is set to sign a deal with Boavista FC of Portugal’s Primeira Liga, though the deal has not yet been finalized. Fans of the United States Men’s National Team noted that Cannon had started to follow Boavista FC on Instagram, leading to the belief that it would be Cannon’s destination.
Interesting to see Reggie Cannon recently follow Portuguese club Boavista on Instagram. He has been linked to clubs in Portugal and Boavista have been bringing in Concacaf players this window. Signed Honduran Jorge Benguche a week ago and Mexican defender Alejandro Gomez today pic.twitter.com/7JhaY7lfQS— Future USMNT (@FutureUsmnt) August 27, 2020
Reggie Cannon leaves in his 4th season with his hometown club, where he signed a Homegrown Player contract in December 2016. The 22-year-old right back rose quickly through the ranks to become FC Dallas’ regular starter, and he also became a reliable defender for the USMNT. Recently, during a FC Dallas match against Nashville SC where players on both teams kneeled for the national anthem, Cannon was subjected to boos in the stands and other threats and online abuse, prompting him to speak out in a powerful statement after that match.
Last night, FC Dallas fans booed and threw objects as the teams knelt for the national anthem.@ReggieCannon15's powerful response: "It was disgusting. ... You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in."— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 13, 2020
It’s believed that after that incident, Cannon desired for transfer discussions with European teams to be accelerated. He had been receiving interest from several teams in Europe, but it appears Boavista has won the race to sign the American right back to a deal.
In Boavista, located in Porto, Cannon would be joining a team that finished 12th in the Primeira Liga last season. Tom Bogert also noted an interesting link between Boavista and Lille OSC of France’s Ligue 1:
Of note: Boavista and France's Lille are connected. Lille owner Gerard Lopez "is poised to buy 51% of the club" so Reggie may not be in Portugal for too long.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) August 28, 2020
Boavista also acquired Angel Gomes on loan from Lille. Gomes rose through the Man U academyhttps://t.co/UCNEk3DpSi
Some have also taken the transfer rumors to mean that Cannon could be signing with Lille and then heading to Boavista on loan. It doesn’t seem that would be something that’s allowed, however. As we await confirmation of where Reggie Cannon will next call home, it sounds like if it’s Boavista, it could be used as a stepping stone for Cannon to one day pair with another fellow American international, Tim Weah, in France. For now, it appears he will be calling the Primeira Liga home this coming season.