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Now playing professionally and living in Europe, American soccer player Reggie Cannon has had to field questions about life in the United States and Cannon spoke recently about the difficulty of quantifying recent current events to his teammates.
“Looking at the insurrection, Texas freezing over right now … explaining to my teammates what is going on in the country is baffling to me,” Cannon said in an interview with The Guardian. “Explaining the America I have lived in to those who don’t live in America, it feels like I am describing medieval times.”
Cannon, a 22-year old fullback who also plays for the U.S. Men’s National Team, was transferred in September from the MLS’ FC Dallas club to the Portuguese first-division team Boavista FC.
Before Cannon moved over to Europe, the summer saw a racial reckoning with millions of people protesting systemic inequalities and police brutality cases, such as the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.