Canadian defender Buchanan up for young player award
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.