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Report: Several European clubs watching Tajon Buchanan

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Friday night’s performance couldn’t have hurt, as the Canadian pipeline continues to flow.

Canada v El Salvador - 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying
Tajon Buchanan #07 of Canada celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during the match between Canada and El Salvador.
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TORONTO, Canada—Tajon Buchanan’s stock continues to rise.

According to MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert, several European clubs are keeping a tab on New England Revolution and Canada winger Tajon Buchanan.

In 2020, Buchanan appeared in 28 games in all competitions, emerging as a significant player for the Revolution as they made a push to the Eastern Conference Final. His impact wouldn’t go unnoticed as Buchanan would be named the 2020 Canadian Youth Player of the Year after he led all Canadians with 23 MLS appearances last season. (Toronto FC winger Jayden Nelson was named the 2019 Canadian Youth Player of the Year.)

While he doesn’t mention any team specifically, according to Bogert, clubs see the pacey, strong Buchanan—who seamlessly shifted at the start of the MLS postseason from right wing to right-back—as exactly that: a right wing or right wing-back.

Funny enough, the report actually came prior to Buchanan’s two-goal breakout for Canada’s U-23 team in a 2-0 win over El Salvador, meaning the 22 year old all but bolstered his stock following Friday night’s heroic performance. It was the Brampton, Ontario native’s first appearance in a Canadian shirt—at any level.

Buchanan was originally selected ninth-overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft after recording 12 goals and tallied six assists in 33 appearances over a two-year career at Syracuse. Toronto FC selected Generation Adidas prospect Griffin Dorsey three picks ahead of Buchanan that year.

For what it’s worth, Buchanan has no relation to Canadian women’s national team start Kadeisha Buchanan, who is also from Brampton.