Tajon Buchanan plays as Canada’s Under-23s beat El Salvador to start Concacaf men’s Olympic qualifying

Tajon Buchanan plays as Canada's Under-23s beat El Salvador to start Concacaf men's Olympic qualifying

New England Revolutionary Tajon Buchanan upheld his reputation as a star-in-the-making with two superb goals to help Canada’s U-23s get off to a winning start in the Concacaf Men’s Olympic qualifying with a 2 victory. -0 against El Salvador in Guadalajara on Friday.
Buchanan struck twice in the first 21 minutes, one with his left foot and the other with his right foot, to give Canada a dream start in their efforts to qualify their Under-23 team for the Games. Olympic Games for the first time.

Buchanan had finished 2020 extremely impressively at right-back as the Revs reached the Eastern Conference final in the Audi MLS Cup playoffs. But he was back in his more familiar role on the right wing as Canada began its Group B campaign. He found himself on the left wing, however, with 17 minutes on the clock to put Canada in the lead. . The 22-year-old, selected No.9 by Kidney in 2019 MLS SuperDraft, beat his defender skillfully and effortlessly on the outside before going through the goalkeeper with his left foot.

Just four minutes later, Buchanan made it 2-0. This time the ball rolled him to a central position just outside the box and Buchanan, this time with his right foot, threw an unstoppable first shot into the net.

The 2-0 lead was pressured by El Salvador before the end of half-time, but Canada also came close to extending their lead when Aidan Daniels managed to put a shot off the post.

As would be expected for a squad made up of a number of players who had not played a competitive game for several months, Canada faded somewhat in the second half. But the team led by former FC Montreal head coach Mauro Biello avoided too many moments of nervousness as El Salvador sought to find their way into the competition early in the second half, allowing Canada to achieve victory in relative comfort.

Canada will next face a Haitian team that opened their tournament with a 3-0 loss to Honduras earlier on Friday. The top two teams from the group of four will advance to the semi-finals and the two finalists will advance to the Tokyo Olympics this summer.


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