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Reggie Cannon to miss a few weeks with groin injury

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Reggie Cannon’s continued playing time with Boavista has kept him in the mix for a World Cup spot with the U.S. men’s national team, but the veteran fullback’s status took a hit on Sunday forcing him to miss the penultimate friendly this coming week.

Cannon will miss Tuesday’s friendly vs. Saudi Arabia due to a groin strain, forcing him out of action for a few weeks, U.S. Soccer announced Sunday. The former FC Dallas defender played 45 minutes off the bench on Friday in the USMNT’s 2-0 loss to Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The 24-year-old has remained a regular inclusion in USMNT camp, earning 18 of his 28 caps during Berhalter’s stint as head coach. He helped the Americans win the inaugural Concacaf Nations League in 2021 and also was a part of the Gold Cup-winning squad later that summer.

Cannon played two full seasons with FC Dallas from 2018-19 before earning a permanent transfer to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Boavista in 2020. The 24-year-old has logged 62 appearances for Boavista since his transfer, mainly featuring this season as a third centerback in Vitor Muria’s squad.

Cannon’s injury is the latest among USMNT defenders, joining Cameron Carter-Vickers, Chris Richards, and Antonee Robinson, all of which were forced to miss September camp.

Sergino Dest and DeAndre Yedlin are the current right back options for Tuesday’s September finale, while Joe Scally has also played as a left back and right back for Borussia Moenchengladbach over the past two seasons.

The USMNT will aim to rebound against Saudi Arabia after being held without a shot on goal in Friday’s loss to Japan.

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