Canadian international Tajon Buchanan's remarkable rise continued Wednesday when he was named an MLS all-star.
The 22-year-old winger from Brampton, Ont., who plays for the New England Revolution, was one of two picks by commissioner Don Garber for the Aug. 25 all-star game against a Mexican league all-star side at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The other commissioner's pick was 17-year-old Cade Cowell, a forward with the San Jose Earthquakes.
The all-star roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (selecting 13 players), picks by all-star coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and the commissioner's picks.
The all-star honour for Buchanan comes on the heels of a breakthrough performance for Canada at the Gold Cup, where the young Canadian won the Youth Player Awards and was named to the CONCACAF championship Best XI.
Buchanan, in his third season with New England, has recorded three goals and three assists in 12 appearances for New England this season. Internationally, he has one goal and four assists in nine appearances at the senior level for Canada. His goal came in Canada's 2-1 semifinal loss to Mexico.
“Give him another year and get him hopefully into the Bundesliga or into the Premier League, because that's where this kid's destined,” Canada coach John Herdman said after the Mexico game. “He'll build that quality, that durability at the top, top level.”