The FC Dallas defender was expected to leave the club this season, but that may change as a consequence of the outbreak.
FC Dallas and U.S. men’s national team fullback Reggie Cannon says he thinks that the coronavirus outbreak will greatly impact any possible summer move to Europe.
Cannon recently signed a new contract with FC Dallas, extending his stay with a brand new four-year thing. But that deal reportedly includes incentives to market him during the summer transfer window as the defender has one eye on a European movement.
With leagues now suspended as a result of coronavirus, it remains to be seen how the summer transfer window will perform, and Cannon confessed that his much-anticipated move could be postponed by the outbreak.
“Yeah, it is obviously a concern,” Cannon told reporters on a conference call Thursday, based on MLSSoccer.com. “Being transparent, I would like to be within my scenario and provide Dallas my 100 percent for however long I am here. However, the goal was to be moved in the summer, and obviously teams are in a scramble at this time because it is a challenging time for transfers right now.
“Now the main issue is safety and health.”
“No matter if it occurs [this summer] or not, I do not think it’ll interfere with my career in any respect. It is God’s timing, I must trust in him and have faith, which I do.
“At the end of the day, I know my future is over there [Europe], whenever that might be. I just need to be patient and kill it in FC Dallas. Dallas is my priority and what I care for right now. That future is very good and I’m searching for this, but right now I must give 100 percent to Dallas.”
The 21-year-old defender has made 63 appearances for FC Dallas since making his first-team introduction in 2017, quickly becoming one of the best young defenders in MLS.
Since Gregg Berhalter took responsibility for the USMNT, Cannon has also become a regular on the worldwide stage, having earned 11 senior caps since making his senior debut in October 2018. Four of those appearances came at last summer’s Gold Cup, where Cannon began four games, including the semi-final and closing.
Cannon has been connected with numerous teams lately, such as Marseille and Anderlecht, while Premier League and Championship sides are believed to be interested, based on the Athletic.
But for now, the 21-year-old is trying to live life as normal as he waits for MLS to restart when the outbreak is controlled and contained.
“It requires a toll on your body and mind,” Cannon said. “My fiance could see how hard it’s on me, just knowing that is such a large time.
“Just trying to perform the best I’ve ever played, make this my year. It’s tough, it is tough to deal with it, but it is life. We need to be strong, be emotionally stable. At the moment it is about family, security, health and staying fit.”