FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon has agreed to terms on a new, four-year contract, with a club option for the 2024 season, the club announced today.
The new deal has been something that the club has been working on for a while now following the re-signing of five other players to new long term contracts since the end of the 2019 season. Jesus Ferreira, Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Paxton Pomykal and now Cannon give the club a nice core group of players for the long haul here.
Cannon has been the subject of various transfer rumors for the last few months, especially more so now that he continues to be a constant presences in Gregg Berhalter’s United States national team setup. This kind of move allows FC Dallas to not only have Cannon potentially here for four more seasons but they are also protecting themselves from losing out on any large transfer fee for him should he have bolted after this season when his original contract was up in December.
There is still a good chance he could go to Europe this summer, as he’ll likely more draw interest after participating in the Olympics with the US should they qualify. A strong showing there will only increase his value and potential transfer fee. Sources tell Big D Soccer that FC Dallas is wanting at least $7-9 million for him in a transfer fee, so this new deal could help them get closer to that number if the right team comes calling.
The 21-year old signed with FC Dallas as the 18th Homegrown on Dec. 22, 2016 and has appeared in 71 FC Dallas matches across all competitions, recording three goals and four assists. Cannon scored his first career playoff goal in the 39th minute of the Audi 2019 playoff match against Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 19 at CenturyLink Field, starting Dallas’ comeback in regulation before falling to the 2019 MLS Cup winners, 4-3, in extra time.
Cannon has 11 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team since his first call up in October 2018. He earned his first cap on Oct. 16, 2018, playing 84 minutes in an international friendly against Peru and recorded his first USMNT assist nearly a year later against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2019. Cannon made four appearances in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, including the semifinal win versus Jamaica and the 1-0 loss to Mexico in the final.
What do you make of Cannon’s new contract? Are you happy he is potentially staying put for the long run here? Or do you think he’ll still be sold this summer?