Matt Turner and Tajon Buchanan are neighbors in the New England Revolution locker room which leads to plenty of conversations. The two got a new topic to discuss after making the Gold Cup rosters for their respective national teams.
Turner’s first and only appearance for the United States was on Jan. 31 when he helped secure a 7-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. Turner is slated by some pundits to be a starter during the Gold Cup.
Buchanan made three consecutive appearances as a substitute for the Canadian National Team after playing a prominent role in all four of the U-23 side’s Olympic qualifying matches. Buchanan told media that he’s expecting to compete for a starting spot just like everyone else.
With a trophy on the line, the upcoming Gold Cup tournament has lead to some light banter between Turner and Buchanan.
“It’s just a bunch of giggles,” Buchanan said. “We talk about it a lot, so we’ll see. He has a lot to say right now.”
Of course, the two players are focused on helping their national teams win. When asked about being part of the USMNT, Turner told Bobby Boswell of Play by Players podcast, “I crave it. I want it so badly. This is the first time I’ve ever really said that out loud. I don’t really always talk about what I really want. But I do, I really want that.” Similarly, Buchanan said that being called up is an “honor” that he’s “super happy” to accept.
With the U.S. and Canada both in Group B, Turner and Buchanan could face off on Jul. 18, which is the final group stage game for both countries. This could provide an opportunity for bragging rights.
“I’m extremely looking forward to that game coming up against Matt and hopefully I can score on him,” Buchanan said.