One of the biggest stories for New England Revolution fans has been the emergence of Tajon Buchanan. It seems as though everyone is realizing the talent that he has and that includes his teammates.
Prior to the start of the season, Buchanan seemed to be on the periphery of the squad. With three Designated Players on the roster as well as some quality veterans in the middle of the field, Buchanan’s chances of playing seemed rather slim.
But due to injuries and other obstacles, Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena had to get creative. With players like Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil missing some serious time, Buchanan became a regular part of the starting XI.
Buchanan made his mark in 2020. He appeared in every regular season game for the Revolution and was able to tally two goals and two assists. That success has carried over to the postseason where Buchanan scored against the Philadelphia Union in Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
As the season progressed we have seen Buchanan’s confidence grow. He isn’t afraid to go one on one with defenders and usually ends up blowing by them.
In the MLS Cup Playoffs, we have seen Buchanan make a transition. Due to Brandon Bye being injured and Alexander Buttner contracting COVID-19, the Canadian has been forced to play right back and hasn’t looked out of place at all. Even up against Portuguese star Nani, Buchanan continued to perform well on the pitch.
On Wednesday, left back DeJuan Jones spoke to the media and talked about Buchanan’s transition to right back.
He said. “I’m super proud of Tajon. He’s been really showing what he can do this year, given time to play on the field, so he’s really seizing the opportunity. We haven’t had too many conversations [about playing outside back]. He’s basically been attacking at right back this whole time. He’s been doing a great job and we’re looking forward to him continuing to play as well.”
Seeing the Brampton, Ontario native at right back doesn’t appear to be a temporary move. Arena has stated to the media that even when the roster is at full health, Buchanan could play right back.
Revolution fans are proud of Buchanan as well and that pride will only continue to grow if the Revs are able to make it to the MLS Cup Finals for the first time since 2014.