As Major League Soccer plays catch-up with the rest of the world, the debate surrounding its standard compared to that in Europe is one that continues to rage more fiercely by the day. But after just under a year in Portugal, Reggie Cannon has a definitive answer.
Cannon left FC Dallas to join 2001 Portuguese champions Boavista for an initial $2 million back in September 2020. The Panthers were in the thick of a fierce relegation battle throughout last season but ultimately survived, ending the campaign in 13th.
When asked by OneGoal if he noticed a difference in standard between MLS and the Primeira Liga, his answer was a simple one: “One million percent.”
In an exclusive interview, he explained: “I think the people that are saying Major League Soccer is close to those level leagues or they haven’t experienced it, they don’t know what they’re talking about, they probably don’t watch it.
“To experience it . . .