Brampton soccer star named Top Youth Player at CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Published August 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm

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Brampton’s Tajon Buchanan has won the Youth Player Award at the Gold Cup.

The awards committe for the CONCACAF soccer event called the 22-year-old “the catalyst for Canada’s impressive run to the semifinals.”

The wingback/midfielder was an offensive force for Canada, whose tournament ended in a 2-1 loss in Houston to eventual runner-up Mexico on a 99th-minute goal.

Buchanan had one goal and two assists in five games at the CONCACAF championship, continually tormenting defenders with his skill on the ball. Hs goal against Mexico was his first at the senior level in nine appearances.

Buchanan, who plays his club soccer for the New England Revolution of the MLS, is in good company as the tournament’s best young player. American Christian Pulisic (now with Chelsea) won the award in 2019 while fellow Canadian Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) was honoured in 2017.

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