Tajon Buchanan breaks Mexico’s defensive line at top speed; on his left is Alphonso Davies; right in front of him the goal, it is 2-0 for Canada, and a goal would end the game. But Buchanan’s legs are frozen and the pass to Davies totally misses the mark – not that it matters as Canada would get a historic win over Mexico in sub-zero temperatures at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium anyway. There is also no doubt that Buchanan would have made more of the situation if the game had been played on a different court under better conditions.
The scene that almost led to Canada’s third epitomized the future of an emerging footballing nation. Davies and Buchanan breaking forward at their top speed could be the nightmare for the Canadian opposition in the years to come. Alphonso Davies is 21 and, along with Jonathan David, was the face of the Canada Soccer program. But Canada Soccer now has a third face in Buchanan, joining the men’s program that is on its way to shake up the Concacaf hierarchy that dominated Mexico and the United States for years.
Buchanan adds something special to a team that has used speed and technical finesse in a way that previous Canadian soccer players did not. “If you have Alphonso Davies, Tajon Buchanan, Richie Laryea, I could go on … the opposing coach will think ‘we might have a problem today’,” said Bobby Smyrniotis, head coach of the very successful Canadian premier league club Forge FC recently accepted OneFootball Journalist Oliver Platt in a media availability.
The 22-year-old Buchanan has scored eight goals and six assists in 27 Major League Soccer games this season and was one of the main reasons his club finished first in the regular season with a record 73 points. The winger was then voted the second best young player behind FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi. One could even argue that Buchanan, not Pepi, should have won the award, not that it seems to mean too much; after all, Buchanan still has the chance to win the MLS Cup with his team.
“It’s great to see Tajon Buchanan loved and respected by teams and players in MLS.” his agent Mike Senkowski tweeted the day the award was presented to Pepi. “But he has his attitude towards the MLS Cup, not the individual price.” Without a doubt, the New England Revolution will be the favorite in this year’s competition. You will face New York City FC in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference, an exciting duel.
Winning the MLS Cup would be the culmination of the meteoric rise of the MLS. After being drafted from Syracuse by the New England Revolution, the winger made his MLS debut in 2019 and quickly established himself as one of the club’s biggest stars. Under head coach Bruce Arena Buchanan was given a price advantage that his Transfer market Market value from $ 55,000 to $ 9.35 million.
That makes him the most valuable player in the New England Revolution. The market value also reflects the winter transfer from Buchanan to Club Brugge. The Jupiler Pro League squad paid $ 7 million plus bonuses that could double the deal in August – Buchanan will complete the transfer after the MLS season ends.
“I’m looking forward to this next step in my career and I’m grateful that the New England Revolution has given me the opportunity to grow as a player and demonstrate my skills,” said Buchanan at the time of his transfer. “I will continue to give everything for the revolution this season and I hope to end my time in MLS with a trophy with my team-mates.” Buchanan has since ditched the Supporters’ Shield, which is awarded to the team with the most points after the regular season with the Revolution, but the only trophy that counts in the end is the MLS Cup.
Manuel Veth is the host of the Bundesliga counter-pressing podcast and the Area Manager USA Transfer market. It has also been featured in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA, and several other media outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth