CHICAGO, Illinois -- When the final 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup roster was released by U.S. Soccer in early June, Reggie Cannon was not on the list. But after an injury in camp to MF Tyler Adams, Cannon was called in to fill out the 23-man squad.
Even as the last player to join the team, the 21-year-old FC Dallas DF knew he had to be ready to go.
“It’s been quite a journey over the past month,” said Cannon in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com on Saturday as he and his side prepare for Sunday’s Gold Cup Final against Mexico at Soldier Field.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be here,” Cannon continued, “but then I end up getting the call. That’s football. You’ve always got to be on your toes and ready for whatever comes your way. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to contribute to our success. I’m excited to be here.”
Cannon has been part of a U.S. defense that has allowed just one goal in five tournament matches and was a critical part of forward movement from his right fullback position in the semifinal win against Jamaica.
“I’m ready to go in this final,” Cannon said. “If my name is called, I’ll be ready.”
Cannon spoke of a sense of camaraderie within the U.S. team and how it has added to his own confidence as a young player.
“We’re a family,” said Cannon. “We’re brothers here. That’s important going into these games, knowing that each and every one of us has everyone’s back.”
“There’s so much history in this game,” Cannon said of the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. “It’s so rich in its flavor. But ultimately it’s the same goal no matter who we’re playing; to win this game and lift that trophy.”
Speaking of the full experience at his first major tournament, Cannon focused on one word.
“It’s about growth,” he said. “This tournament has given me confidence as a player. I can’t wait to get back to Dallas and use what I’ve learned here to help my team. But first, I want to lift that Gold Cup.”