Top young-player performances in MLS Week 24
It’s mid-September, and with the fall’s first international window behind us, there’s a pronounced sense of urgency as MLS’ home stretch hits in earnest.
Updated June 28, 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 41 career MLS appearances, with 21 starts, and recorded three goals and five assists in 1,953 minutes of action…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 all eight matches including six starts, contributing one goal and one assist…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 all 11 of New England’s matches in third MLS season, recording eight starts, two goals, and two assists...Ranks sixth in MLS with 31 fouls won, and leads the league with 14 fouls won in the attacking third…(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 a team-high three shots in the 1-1 draw…(5/22) vs. NY: Opened 2-21 account and posted a single-game career-high four shots in the 3-1 win…Marked first career game-winning goal in regular-season play…(5/29) at CIN: Tied single-game career high with six fouls won in the 1-0 away win...(6/23) vs. NY: Tallied the game's opening goal and second of the season, assisted by Carles Gil.
2020: Logged 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 four senior caps with Canada Men’s National Team, all coming in Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers in June 2021…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...Made three consecutive substitute appearances as Canada advanced to the final round of Concacaf 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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