FRISCO – Since signing with the club in December 2016, Reggie Cannon's star has been on the rise.
After making his pro debut against the Tulsa Roughnecks in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in June 2017, he made his MLS debut as a sub during a match against the New York Red Bulls in September. The following season, he started all but one MLS match and earned two caps with the U.S. Men's National Team. While the Homegrown's full potential remains to be seen, he knows none of what he's achieved would be possible without those who came before him. “Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect, on things that happened in the past, that allow me accomplish what I do now."
Those who have come into contact with him know that Reggie is a humble young man. So it's no surprise that he doesn't take for granted that he's able to earn a living as a professional athlete, in a sport that was unpopular amongst African-Americans for decades. "For me to be able to become a professional soccer player and be a dominant player in an industry that was not predominantly Black back in the day, gives me an opportunity to walk around free, to go to school and get an education, be able to drink at the same water fountain," Cannon continued, "it’s honestly a surreal feeling knowing that these heroes paved the way. It’s just a great month to reflect back and honor those people, some even give their lives, to give us this equality that we have today.”
When asked about African-American role models, the 20-year old brought up a name that resonates with many. “I looked up to Jackie Robinson. He was one of the first African American players in MLB and I don’t quite understand the struggles he went through...being kind of an outsider, with something you can’t choose, You can’t choose your skin color. I couldn’t imagine the struggles and the toughness he had to go through, but it paved the way, not only for athletes but of course, for Black people all over the world and it’s something that I’ll always admire.”
“I think it’s a kind of an honor to have little kids, including African American kids, look up to me to be their role model on the field and off the field." Reggie Cannon is no stranger to giving back to the community. Through the efforts of the FC Dallas Foundation, he volunteered at Frisco Family Services food pantry in 2018. It's also not uncommon for him to sign autographs after matches or at an FC Dallas Camp. "It’s kind of an honor. You're put up on a pedestal to teach these next generation of kids the sacrifices that not only I’ve made, but the people before me have made."
We are proud to celebrate the diversity of our players and fans in celebration of Black History Month:
Jacori Hayes: "I'm very proud to be African American"
Bryan Reynolds: "Just keep working hard"