TORONTO, Canada—Canada Soccer announced today that defender Kadeisha Buchanan has been named the 2020 Canadian Player of the Year.
The world-class centre-back had a standout year with the national team, helping the women qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games, while also winning three trophies with her domestic club—French giants Olympique Lyonnais—including the UEFA Champions League.
“For Kadeisha to have played an integral part in her fourth UEFA Champions League speaks to one of her many accomplishments and contributions to both club and country in which she should be very proud,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach, in a press release. “It has been a fantastic season for Kadeisha and it has been great to see her performances and the goals she has scored, too.
Kadeisha Buchanan is #TheBestInCanada— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) December 4, 2020
Qualified Olympic Games ✔️
Concacaf silver ✔️
⭐️ Concacaf Best XI #CWOQ ✔️
#UWCL winner ✔️
Championnat de France winner ✔️
Coupe de France winner ✔️
⚽️20 matches unbeaten✔️ (73 since 2018)
⭐️Nominee UEFA Team of the Year✔️
In a year where the 25-year-old Buchanan won her 100th cap for Canada, she’d also play a crucial role in capturing her fourth Champions League title, along with her fourth Championnat de France (the league title), and her third Coupe de France (the domestic cup). She was also a year-end nominee for the UEFA Team of the Year.
“She has world-class qualities that any country would be proud to have and she is a highly-valued member of the squad both on and off the pitch, so we are thrilled for her personally in receiving this well-deserved recognition,” continued Priestman. “As a team, to know you have a centre back that opposing forwards hate to play against, it fills the group with confidence.”
Buchanan was previously named the Canadian Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017. Amongst women’s footballers, she finished first in voting ahead of runner-up Christine Sinclair and top-five finishers Janine Beckie, Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema.