Where are they now? Chicago native Reggie Cannon excelling with FC Dallas and the U.S. national team

Reggie Cannon had a goal and three assists in 2018 for the FC Dallas. (Photo courtesy of USA Today)

By Andrew Hattersley

 

One of Chicago’s own in Reggie Cannon is now making a name for himself around the U.S and nationally as he is off to another strong start with FC Dallas.

Signed as a homegrown player on Dec. 22, 2016, Cannon became the 18th homegrown player to sign with FC Dallas. The Chicago native broke through in the 2018 season, starting 33 games at right back, scoring once and assisting on three other goals. Cannon has started eight games again for FC Dallas this season.


Early this season, Cannon did suffer an injury scare and was subbed off at halftime of FC Dallas’ match against the LA Galaxy in mid-March. Cannon stretched out to intercept a pass and appeared to turn his ankle late in the first half. The 20 year-old returned to action against Colorado on March 23.

Cannon earned his first U.S men’s national team cap in an international friendly against Peru last October. He was also in the starting lineup for the U.S’s friendly against Italy in November.

Before joining FC Dallas, Cannon was one of three players -and the only freshman- to appear and start all 20 games for the UCLA Bruins. He finished third on the team in minutes played (1,753) and was named No. 8 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Midseason Top 100 Freshman Ranking, as well as, being a member of their Freshman Best XI team.

Just a few years into his professional career, Cannon’s market value sits at 1.25 million euros, which is top 10 among right backs in the MLS.

Cannon and FC Dallas are back in action against MLS rival Houston on Saturday at 3:30 p.m CT.

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