Tajon Buchanan stars as Canada U23s beat El Salvador to start Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying

The New England Revolution’s Tajon Buchanan confirmed his repute as a star within the making with two very good goals to assist Canada’s U-23s to a winning start in Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying with a 2-0 victory over El Salvador in Guadalajara on Friday.

Buchanan struck twice within the opening 21 minutes, one along with his left foot and the opposite along with his proper, to offer Canada a dream start of their efforts to qualify their U23 team for the Olympics for the primary time. 

Buchanan had finished 2020 in vastly spectacular trend at right-back because the Revs reached the Japanese Conference Final within the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. However he was back in his extra acquainted function on the precise wing as Canada started their Group B marketing campaign. He discovered himself on the left wing, although, with 17 minutes on the clock to place Canada in entrance. The 22-year-old, chosen No. 9 by the Rein the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, skillfully and effortlessly beat his defender on the outside earlier than finishing by the goalkeeper along with his left foot.

Just 4 minutes later Buchanan made it 2-0. This time the ball rolled to him in a central place just outside the field and Buchanan, this time along with his proper foot, delivered an unstoppable first-time shot into the net.  

That 2-0 lead got here under strain from El Salvador earlier than the half was out however Canada additionally got here close to extending their lead additional when Aidan Daniels curled a shot off the post.

As was to be anticipated for a team that includes numerous players who hadn’t played a aggressive sport in a number of months, Canada light considerably within the second half. However the team guided by former CF Montréal head coach Mauro Biello averted too many nervy moments as El Salvador seemed to force their method into the competition early within the second half, permitting Canada to finally see out the win in relative consolation.

Canada will subsequent take on a Haiti side that opened their match with a 3-0 defeat to Honduras earlier on Friday. The top two teams from the four-team group will qualify for the semifinals with the 2 finalists qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo this summer time.

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