Fresh off a $7-million US transfer move to Belgian side Club Brugge earlier this week, Tajon Buchan now has his sights set on helping Canada navigate its way through the final round of World Cup qualifying in Concacaf.
Buchanan was one of 23 players called up on Thursday by coach John Herdman, joining a Canadian roster that is highlighted by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David. Also named to Canada’s squad were Cyle Larin, Milan Borjan and Atiba Hutchinson.
Canada hosts Honduras on Sept. 2 and El Salvador on Sept. 8, with both games at BMO Field, and plays the United States in Nashville on Sept. 5. Canada is No. 59 in the current FIFA world rankings, well behind the 10th-ranked U.S., but just ahead of Honduras (No. 63) and El Salvador (No. 64).
Buchan, a 22-year-old native of Brampton, Ont., made his senior team debut back in June and has gone on to score one goal and tally four assists in nine games, six as a starter. He also won the Young Player Award at this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup. The New England Revolution winger has six goals and four assists in MLS this year, helping his club currently sit atop the overall league standings.