Not surprisingly, Kadeisha Buchanan was voted the 2015 Canadian Female Soccer Player of the Year.
The defender had an outstanding season, leading Canada to the quarter-finals of the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) World Cup last summer.
She played every minute in Canada’s five games that ended with a 2-1 loss to England and the stellar performance led to her inclusion on the FIFA Technical Study Group all-star list.
The daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Buchanan was also the recipient of the Hyundai Young Player Award.
“Kadeisha has had an incredible year, shining brightly on the world’s biggest stage at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 with millions of Canadians watching,” said Canada Soccer president Victor Montagliani. “Still only 20 years old, she will be a leader for Canada at the international level for years to come. We congratulate her, her family, her teammates, and all the coaches that have helped her grow as a footballer.”
BMO Financial Group chief marketing officer Connie Stefankiewicz said her organization is thrilled that Buchanan is the winner of the award sponsored by BMO.
“Kadeisha exemplifies the spirit of soccer and sport that we foster and celebrate at BMO,” she said.
In addition to being a standout player for her country, Buchanan helped West Virginia University reach the Elite Eight of the College Cup.
“Credit to all the people that have supported her on her journey, her parents, her coaching staff from around Ontario and the national squad that have been helping her along the way,” said national women’s coach John Herdman. “It has been a phenomenal year for such a young player and she has many good years ahead.”
Meanwhile, Canadian men’s team will face the United States in a friendly international in preparation for its next World Cup soccer qualifier against Honduras on March 25.
The match takes place on February 5 at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson, California.
The meeting marks the 33rd international meeting between the two neighbouring countries.
“Every camp and international match is another opportunity to bring our players together and practice our systems and improve our levels,” said head coach Benito Floro. The United States is a strong opponent, so the match will provide good experience for our team.”
By RON FANFAIR