Midfielder Tajon Buchanan and Team Canada returned to World Cup Qualifying action as they took on Suriname. Canada came into Tuesday’s matchup on the heels of a 7-0 victory on Saturday against Cuba while Suriname came into the match after picking up a 6-0 win over Bermuda on Friday.
A lot was at stake for both sides entering the match as both Group B members were dead even in points. The only thing separating the two sides was goal differential as Canada entered with a plus 22-goal differential while Suriname entered with a plus 15-goal differential.
After making his National Team debut during Canada’s victory over Aruba and assisting on two of Canada’s seven goals, Revolution midfielder Tajon Buchanan would start Tuesday’s match on the bench.
It was a phenomenal performance for MLS alum Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David as they worked together to score all four Canadian goals in the win. Jonathan would earn himself a hat trick on the night and an assist. Davies would assist on two of David’s goals while notching himself a goal as well in route to a 4-0 win over Suriname.
Buchanan would come into the match in the 82nd minute as he replaced Richie Laryea. Not much time for Buchanan to impact the game, but he was not afraid to show some physicality as he committed two fouls towards the end of the game.
With the help of Davies and David, Team Canada clinched the first seed in Group B with 12 points and a plus 26-goal differential. With Canada clinching the top spot atop Group B, they now advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifiers.
Team Canada will face off against the Haitian National Team in the second stage of World Cup Qualifiers. This is the first time Team Canada has progressed past the first round of World Cup Qualifiers since 1998. If Canada can defeat Haiti in the final stage, they will move on to the finals where they will look to earn their first World Cup appearance since 1986.