2021 MLS Best XI
The best of the best. Major League Soccer on Thursday unveiled the 2021 Best XI, recognizing the league’s top players at each position.
Updated October 6, 2021
TAJON BUCHANAN AT A GLANCE:
MLS CAREER: Versatile winger in third MLS season after being selected ninth overall by New England in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft…Owns 55 career MLS appearances, with 31 starts, and recorded nine goals and nine assists in 2,905 minutes…Has made four starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs, all at right back, scoring one goal over 277 minutes played…In 2021, has appeared in 22 matches including 16 starts, contributing seven goals and five assists, both career highs…Enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2020, appearing in all 23 games, which led all Canadian players in MLS…Featured primarily as a winger before converting to right back at the start of the postseason, a move that helped spark the club’s run to the Eastern Conference Final…In 2019, totaled 10 appearances as a rookie and notched two assists.
2021: Has appeared in 22 matches, including 16 starts, in third MLS season…Set new career highs with seven goals – third most on the team – and five assists…Has missed six matches while on international duty with the Canada Men’s National Team, including at the Concacaf Gold Cup where he was a Best XI selection and the tournament’s Best Young Player…Named to the 2021 MLS All-Star Team as one of two Commissioner’s Picks…On August 24, completed club-record transfer to Belgian champions and UEFA Champions League side Club Brugge…Will join Brugge after the 2021 MLS season…(4/17) at CHI: Started, played 61 minutes, and registered assist on Gustavo Bou’s game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw…(5/1) vs. ATL: Logged second start of the season and played 72 minutes…(5/8) at NSH: Made first career regular season start at right back and played 90 minutes…(5/12) at PHI: Registered team-high three shots in the 1-1 draw…(5/22) vs. NY: Opened 2021 account and posted four shots in the 3-1 win…Marked first career game-winning goal in league play…(5/29) at CIN: Tied single-game high with six fouls won in the 1-0 away win…(6/19) at NYC: Registered second assist in 31-minute outing as a substitute…(6/23) vs. NY: Scored second goal of the season…(7/3) at CLB: Recorded a goal and an assist in the same MLS match for the first…(8/4) vs. NSH: Returned to the starting lineup after Gold Cup and played 81 minutes in central midfield…(8/14) at TOR: Scored the opening goal in 2-1 road win…(8/18) vs. DC: Entered the match as a substitute at halftime and scored the go-ahead goal…(8/21) vs. CIN: Logged a goal-and-assist performance in 4-1 win…Collected 50th appearance in MLS…(9/11) vs. NYC: Scored the game-winning goal…Returned to the club from international duty in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and played 29 minutes as a substitute…Marked fourth consecutive appearance with a goal scored…Appeared on MLS Team of the Week as a reserve…(9/18) vs. CLB: Equaled personal best with seven shots in 1-1 draw…(9/22) at CHI: Notched one assist over 29-minute shift…(9/25) vs. ORL: Logged 30th start in MLS.
2020: Logged then-career highs in appearances (23), starts (11), minutes played (1,084) and goals scored (2) in second MLS campaign…One of only two Revolution players to appear in all 23 regular season matches, which led all Canadian players in MLS…Also started and played 67 minutes in the MLS is Back Tournament Round of 16 on July 25 vs. Philadelphia…(7/21) vs. TOR: Made first start of the season…(9/12) at PHI: Scored first career MLS goal after entering match as a substitute…(9/19) vs. NYC: Paced New England’s attack with four shots, three on target, in the scoreless draw…(9/23) vs. MTL: Recorded first assist of the season and second straight start in the 3-1 win…(10/3) vs. NSH: Tallied career-high seven shots, including three on target…(10/19) vs. PHI: Scored second goal and tallied four shots, with three on goal…(11/1) vs. DC: Recorded second assist of the season in 4-3 win…Postseason: (11/20) vs. MTL: Made professional debut at right back in first MLS Cup Playoffs appearance…(11/24) at PHI: Scored first goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs goal in Round One…Recorded two interceptions in second start at right back…(11/29) at ORL: Tallied a nine tackles in the Conference Semifinal win, the most tackles by a Revolution player in a single match…(12/6) at COL: Started fourth straight game at right back and played 70 minutes in Conference Final defeat.
2019: Selected ninth-overall by New England in the first round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft…Signed a Generation adidas contract prior to the 2019 MLS SuperDraft…Made 10 appearances, with four starts, and recorded two assists across 391 minutes played in rookie season…Spent 12 additional games on the bench as an unused substitute…Also played 37 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round win on June 11…(3/9) vs. CLB: Made professional debut after coming off the bench for 10 minutes in a 2-0 home loss…(4/27) at SKC: Earned first MLS start, playing 79 minutes and recording first career assist on Juan Fernando Caicedo’s second goal in a 4-4 road draw with Sporting Kansas City…(5/4) at PHI: Registered first 90-minute outing...(5/11) vs. SJ: Came off bench for 24 minutes, notching second career assist on Carles Gil’s 68th-minute goal…(5/25) vs. DC: Started and played 58 minutes in 1-1 home draw with D.C. United.
NATIONAL TEAM (CANADA): Owns 12 senior caps, along with two goals and four assists, with Canada Men’s National Team…Voted the Best Young Player at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, also earning a Best XI selection after his breakout performance…Named the 2020 Canadian Youth Player of the Year, along with women’s recipient Jade Rose…In 2020, earned first career international call-up as one of 20 players selected to represent Canada at the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in March, but the tournament was postponed due to COVID-19…Called up by Canada’s senior team for the first time for a January training camp…Made international debut with Canada’s Under-23 side at the rescheduled Olympic Qualifying Championship in March 2021…Appeared in all four of Canada’s matches, helping team reach the semifinal…Recorded a first-half brace in Canada’s opening group stage match…Among 24 players named to Canada’s roster for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches in June…Made senior team debut on June 5, 2021 in a World Cup Qualifier against Aruba, recording two assists in the 7-0 win…Appeared in all five of Canada’s matches at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, contributing one goal and five assists…Scored first career international goal against Mexico in the Gold Cup Semifinal…Collected three appearances, including two starts, in September FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with one goal and one assist…Called up by Canada for October’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
COLLEGE (SYRACUSE): An integral part of Syracuse University’s attack for two years…Signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS after his sophomore season…Appeared in 33 total matches for the Orange, starting each, and tallied 12 goals with six assists…Started 15 matches and recorded a career-high eight goals as a sophomore during the 2018 season…Earned All-ACC First Team and All-ECAC honors after leading the team with 20 points…Ranked fourth in ACC with 1.33 points per game, and fifth with 0.53 goals per game…Recorded three multi-goal games…As a freshman, made the All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Freshman Team after starting 18 games…Tied for third on the team in scoring with 10 points, finishing with four goals and two assists…Member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the spring semester…Named to Central New York Classic All-Tournament Team.
PERSONAL: Canadian citizen, born in the Toronto area…Moved to Colorado to pursue soccer career, attending Legacy High School…Named Colorado State Player of the Year…Also spent time with the Mississauga Falcons and Real Colorado Academy...Studied Physical Education at Syracuse University…Formerly a competitive basketball player, supports the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
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