Turn­ing heads

Cana­dian de­fender Buchanan up for young player award

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY NEIL DAVID­SON

Teenage Cana­dian de­fender Kadeisha Buchanan has been cho­sen one of three fi­nal­ists for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the Women’s World Cup.

The 19-yearold cen­tre back from Brampton, Ont., is up against Nor­we­gian for­ward Ada Hegerberg and Chi­nese midfielder Jiali Tang.

Buchanan, who at­tends the Univer­sity of West Vir­ginia, an­chored a Cana­dian back­line that con­ceded just three goals in five games.

Hegerberg scored three goals at the tour­na­ment while Tang helped pull the strings in the China at­tack.

Fifty-four play­ers born af­ter Jan 1, 1995, were el­i­gi­ble for the award. They were rated ac­cord­ing to the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: ex­cep­tional skill level, youth­ful and re­fresh­ing play­ing style, cre­ativ­ity and in­spi­ra­tion, tac­ti­cal ma­tu­rity and ef­fi­ciency, fan recog­ni­tion through en­ter­tain­ing per­for­mances, role model for young play­ers, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and fair play.

Canada, which ex­ited af­ter a 2-1 loss to Eng­land in the quar­ter-fi­nals, was shut out of two other awards.

Cana­dian Erin McLeod, whom coach John Herdman touted as one of the best in the world, did not make the short­list for the Adi­das Golden Glove award that goes to the tour­na­ment’s best goal­keeper.

The three ‘keeper fi­nal­ists are Ger­many’s Na­dine Angerer, Ja­pan’s Ayumi Kai­horo and Amer­i­can Hope Solo.

The fi­nal­ists for the Adi­das Golden Ball, which goes to the best player at the tour­na­ment, are Eng­land’s Lucy Bronze, France’s Aman­dine Henry, Ger­many’s Celia Sa­sic, Ja­pan’s Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama, and Amer­i­cans Julie John­ston, Carli Lloyd and Me­gan Rapi­noe.

The win­ners, as cho­sen by FIFA’s tech­ni­cal study group, will be an­nounced af­ter Sun­day’s fi­nal in Van­cou­ver be­tween the U.S. and Ja­pan.

Buchanan

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