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Sports Canadian Tajon Buchanan continues remarkable rise with MLS all-star selection

00:07  05 august  2021
00:07  05 august  2021 Source:   msn.com

Canadian Tajon Buchanan continues remarkable rise with MLS all-star selection

  Canadian Tajon Buchanan continues remarkable rise with MLS all-star selection Canadian international Tajon Buchanan's remarkable rise continued Wednesday when he was named an MLS all-star. The 22-year-old winger from Brampton, Ont., who plays for the New England Revolution, was one of two picks by commissioner Don Garber for the Aug. 25 all-star game against a Mexican league all-star side at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The other commissioner's pick was 17-year-old Cade Cowell, a forward with the San Jose Earthquakes. The all-star roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (selecting 13 players), picks by all-star coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and the commissioner's picks.

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Canadian international Tajon Buchanan's remarkable rise continued Wednesday when he was named an MLS all-star.

The 22-year-old winger from Brampton, Ont., who plays for the New England Revolution, was one of two picks by commissioner Don Garber for the Aug. 25 all-star game against a Mexican league all-star side at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The other commissioner's pick was 17-year-old Cade Cowell, a forward with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The all-star roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (selecting 13 players), picks by all-star coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and the commissioner's picks.

Tajon Buchanan comes as advertised, helps New England defeat Toronto FC 2-1

  Tajon Buchanan comes as advertised, helps New England defeat Toronto FC 2-1 TORONTO — Gustavo Bou's 83rd-minute penalty gave the league-leading New England Revolution a 2-1 win over Toronto FC in MLS play Saturday night. The penalty was called after Eriq Zavaleta took Adam Buksa down in front of goal. Bou, in his 50th regular-season game for the Revs, stepped up and slotted home his 12th goal of the season -- and 11th in his last 13 appearances. Bou's goal came three minutes after Jonathan Osorio had tied up the game. Winger Yeferson Soteldo dribbled past several defenders from a corner and sent the ball to Alejandro Pozuelo who found Osorio in a mass of players in front of goal for his fourth of the season.

The all-star honour for Buchanan comes on the heels of a breakthrough performance for Canada at the Gold Cup, where the young Canadian won the Youth Player Awards and was named to the CONCACAF championship Best XI.

Buchanan, in his third season with New England, has recorded three goals and three assists in 12 appearances for New England this season. Internationally, he has one goal and four assists in nine appearances at the senior level for Canada. His goal came in Canada's 2-1 semifinal loss to Mexico.

"Give him another year and get him hopefully into the Bundesliga or into the Premier League, because that's where this kid's destined," Canada coach John Herdman said after the Mexico game. "He'll build that quality, that durability at the top, top level."

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Herdman deployed Buchanan both as a wingback and up front as an attacker, to use his speed and dribbling ability, during the Gold Cup

Buchanan, who appeared in all 23 games during the 2020 regular season, turned heads in the playoffs when he started all four of the Revs' games and scored the winning goal against Philadelphia in the quarterfinals. He has also served as a fullback for New England.

Cowell was the first player to register four goals and four assists at the start of the 2021 season.

Of the 28 players named, 24 are first-time MLS all-stars.

The Seattle Sounders, who top the West, have the most players on the roster with six, including brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan.

Buchanan will be joined at the all-star game by New England teammates Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and Matt Turner. The three Canadian teams will not be represented.

The 28-player roster features talent from Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and the United States.

TFC's challenge to climb the table grows with visit from league-leading New England

  TFC's challenge to climb the table grows with visit from league-leading New England TORONTO — It's first against worst Saturday as the league-leading New England Revolution visit Toronto FC. New England (12-3-4) comes into the game with 40 points, 25 ahead of 27th-place Toronto (3-9-6). And the Revs are unbeaten in six games (5-0-1), have won their last three road matches and are unbeaten in four away from home (3-0-1). With a 5-2-3 record away from Gillette Stadium, New England has two more road victories than Toronto has wins this season. The Revs have been a force. They entered this week's play six points clear in the Supporters' Shield race and with a 10-point cushion atop the Eastern Conference.

MLS All-Star Roster (with team and country, x- denotes voted in, c- denotes commissioner picks, the rest chosen by all-star coach Bob Bradley)

Goalkeepers: x-Pedro Gallese, Orlando City SC (Peru); Matt Turner, New England Revolution (U.S.).

Defenders: Julian Araujo, L.A. Galaxy (U.S.); Jesus Murillo, Los Angeles FC (Colombia); x-Nouhou Tolo, Seattle Sounders (Cameroon); Miles Robinson, Atlanta United (U.S.); x-Alex Roldan, Seattle Sounders (El Salvador and U.S.); James Sands, NYCFC (U.S.); Kai Wagner, Philadelphia Union (U.S); x-Yeimar Gomez Andrade, Seattle Sounders (Colombia); x-Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC (U.S.).

Midfielders: Eduard Atuesta, Los Angeles FC (Colombia); x-Carles Gil, New England Revolution (Spain); Damir Kreilach, Real Salt Lake (Croatia); x-Joao Paulo, Seattle Sounders (Brazil); Emanuel Reynoso, Minnesota United FC (Argentina); x-Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders (U.S.); x-Lucas Zelarayan, Columbus Crew (Argentina).

Forwards/Wingers: Gustavo Bou, New England Revolution (Argentina); c-Tajon Buchanan, New England Revolution (Canada); c-Cade Cowell, San Jose Earthquakes (U.S.); x-Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez, L.A. Galaxy (Mexico); x-Nani, Orlando City SC (Portugal); Ricardo Pepi, FC Dallas |(U.S.); Diego Rossi, Los Angeles FC (Uruguay); x-Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle Sounders (Peru); Daniel Salloi, Sporting Kansas City (Hungary); x-Carlos Vela, Los Angeles FC (Mexico).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 4, 2021

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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