FRISCO, Texas — Reggie Cannon was tired entering Saturday night. Days earlier, he said he felt “fatigued” for the first time this season and his 22 Major League Soccer starts and 1,932 minutes of playing time were taking a toll. And during FC Dallas’ 3-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, that toll showed in the form of a hamstring injury.
Cannon appeared to injure himself in the 67th minute on a tackle on Vako and attempted to play on with the injury before coach Oscar Pareja elected to sub him off in the 70th minute for Ryan Hollingshead.
After the game, Pareja said it was not a major injury, but that it may be time to give Cannon a rest.
“Reggie has been doing so good,” Pareja said. “It has been on the top of my head, maybe refreshing him. It’s time to do it, but he keeps doing those [types] of performances that he shows he is better and better. Today was a great game for him, but it was clear he needed to be refreshed. He’s having such a great season. His hamstring is bothering him. We’ll take care of him, but it’s nothing serious, but obviously, Reggie would like to take care of that.”
Cannon was not available for comment, but looked visibly frustrated after the match. When asked by the staff about his hamstring, Cannon kept shaking his head.
The 20-year-old defender told ProSoccer USA earlier last week that he was getting worn out.
“I’m kind of feeling the toll of the games building up right now,” Cannon said. “Just trying to get through that and get ready for the game Saturday, but this is the first time this year that I kinda felt fatigued. I don’t want to [sink] my game. I want to keep my game at the highest point because you never know what could happen, so I just gotta keep going.”
FC Dallas’ next game will be at the Seattle Sounders on August 12.
Aug 4, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; San Jose Earthquakes defender Shea Salinas (6) defends against FC Dallas forward Michael Barrios (21) in the first half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports