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Canada takes Leg 1 with a 1-0 win over Haiti

Tajon Buchanan and Team Canada hold momentum after Leg 1 against Haiti.

Canada v El Salvador - 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Coming off a 4-0 victory over Suriname, Revolution midfielder Tajon Buchanan and Team Canada returned to action as they took on Haiti in the first leg of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.

Although coming on late during the previous win over Suriname, Tajon Buchanan has been a factor for Team Canada throughout qualifying after assisting on two of seven goals during Canada’s 7-0 win over Aruba.

Tajon Buchanan would start Saturday’s matchup on the bench after being on the bench for Canada’s previous match against Suriname.

Team Canada would come out strong on offense to begin the match. Cyle Larin would put Canada up 1-0 in the 14th minute after getting on the end of the ball that skipped through the box and past the Haitian defense. Jonathan Ossorio would be awarded the assist on the goal.

Larin looked to score a brace and double Canada’s lead just minutes after scoring the first goal, but Johny Placide was all over the ball and put an end to the offensive chance.

Revolution midfielder Tajon Buchanan made his third appearance for Team Canada as he would come into the match for Richie Laryea in the 78th minute.

Buchanan put his offensive acumen on display immediately as he used his speed, footwork, and vision to dash and dart upfield and through the Haitian defense. Haiti would eventually catch up to the young Canadian and dispossessed the ball before Buchanan could create any chances for Canada.

A successful outing for Team Canada as they exit the first leg with a 1-0 win on the road against Haiti. Both sides will meet for the second leg on Tuesday, June 15th, at 9:00 PM EST.

Whether it be Canada or Haiti, whichever side picks up the win of the series will then advance to the final round of qualifying and will look to earn a spot for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.