Today, the long rumored exit of Reginald Jacob Cannon became official as a transfer agreement was reached between FC Dallas and Boavista F.C. located in the city of Porto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. Reggie went from the Champion U18s, to UCLA, to a Homegrown signing, to a full time starter, and finally to a US National Team regular in the span of four years. I feel safe saying that the club and fans could not be more proud of where Reggie came from, what he’s accomplished, and are excited to see what comes next.
For many, FC Dallas fans, this will be the moment where you stole their hearts. For some, perhaps it was your stellar performance in Seattle during the playoffs last year, and for others perhaps it was when you set up your old academy teammate Weston Mckennie for the opening goal in the Gold Cup match against Jamaica. Still others had an idea you were going to be special well before this.
For me, it goes back close to the beginning when your U18 Academy team helped the club sweep the Development Academy championships in 2016. In a year when the senior team won the Supporters Shield and US Open Cup, what the youth accomplished that year was equally impressive.
I enjoyed a front row seat with a long time employee of US Soccer, and in a game full of standout players many of whom were until this morning colleagues in MLS, Jeff and I were blown away at your grit and stamina tracking back in a match that you and your teammates would ultimately overturn an early deficit and win in overtime. It took incredible will and guts to comeback that day, especially after losing your starting keeper less than halfway through the 120 minutes (shout out to the great Gerry Howard!).
Most of on hand that evening knew you were going on to bigger and better accomplishments, and that display of will is no less evident now as it was in Carson back in 2016. It has served you through breaking into the team, pushing to become an elite performer in the league, a standout for the National Team, and now more than ever with a move to Europe while grappling with being a leader during a pivotal moment in American History.
All that is to say that we’re going to miss you, Reggie. We’re profoundly grateful that you dazzled us with your talent, inspired us with your heart, and encouraged us to listen instead of just hearing. It will be a treat watching your career progress from afar, and you’ll always be welcome back.