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Report: Reggie Cannon to sign with Portugal’s Boavista FC

He looks to make his mark in Europe.

SOCCER: AUG 12 MLS Nashville SC at FC Dallas Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.