Olympique Lyonnais defender Kadeisha Buchanan, who won the Champions League for the fourth time in 2020 and helped Canada qualify for the Beijing Olympics, has been named Soccer Canada Player of the Year for the third time.
In the ballot, conducted with coaches and journalists from Canada, Buchanan beat the captain of the Canadian selection, Christine Sinclair. Manchester City’s Janine Beckie, and Paris Saint-Germain color-bearers Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema completed the top-5.
“That Kadeisha played an integral part in winning a fourth Champions League title is just one of her many accomplishments, for her club or for her country,” the women’s coach said in a statement. Canadian, Bev Priestman. It has been a fantastic season for her and it was good to witness her performances.
“She has qualities worthy of the world’s elite and any country would be proud to count her among its ranks. She is valued within the squad, both on and off the field, and we are delighted that she receives this well-deserved honor. As a team, knowing that you have a central defender that other teams hate playing against fills you with confidence. “
While Sinclair is a legendary scorer – she rose to number one of all time, male or female, in 2020 – Buchanan is possibly the most haloed Canadian of any gender.
Since joining Lyon in 2017, she has won four French League titles and four times the Champions League. Canadian player of the year in 2015 and 2017, she also won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016), as well as three silver medals from Concacaf.
At the 2015 World Cup, she was selected as a Young Player of the Tournament and was selected to the All-Star Team.
In 17 games with OL this season, the one who makes the pair in central defense with the French star Wendie Renard has scored three goals and has greatly contributed to the club’s 20-game unbeaten streak, in all competitions, from the 12 January to November 13.
Buchanan made six appearances for Canada in the Concacaf qualifying tournament, bringing his total caps to 101, including 96 starts. She was named to the top XI squad in the tournament, in addition to being a finalist for UEFA’s Team of the Year.