Canadian Tajon Buchanan wins Gold Cup Young Player award
Canada’s Tajon Buchanan won the Youth Player Award at the Gold Cup.
CONCACAF called the 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont., “The catalyst for Canada’s impressive race to the semi-finals.”
The winger / midfielder was an attacking force for Canada, whose tournament ended in a 2-1 loss in Houston to eventual finalist Mexico on a 99th-minute goal.
Buchanan had one goal and two assists in five CONCACAF championship games, continually tormenting defenders with his skill with the ball. His goal against Mexico was his first at the senior level in nine appearances.
Buchanan, who plays his club’s soccer for the New England Revolution, is in good company as the tournament’s top young player. American Christian Pulisic (now with Chelsea) won the award in 2019 while fellow Canadian Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) was honored in 2017.
Mexico’s Hector Herrera, whose goal knocked Canada out of the tournament, took home the award for best player with one goal and two assists in six games.
Almoez Ali of Qatar was the top scorer with four goals in five games. Guest Qatar have scored 12 goals in five matches.
Matt Turner was named top goaltender, allowing just one goal in six games as the Americans lifted the trophy after their 1-0 overtime win over Mexico on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Jamaican forward Bobby Reid was honored for the tournament goal, a right-footed volley in a 2-0 win over Suriname in a round robin match.