After it was reported that Buchanan would be missing the All-Star game, fans began wondering why that could be the case. When he posted a picture of himself on a place it became quite clear that the 22-year-old was nearing a deal for him to play overseas.
On Tuesday it was announced that Buchanan would be headed to Club Brugge at the end of the 2021 MLS season to begin his European career.
For Buchanan, it’s the type of moment where a player can look back and see just far he has come.
“It’s very nice to see how far I’ve come,” the Canadien said. “I’m just taking another step forward in my career, trying to push myself as far as possible and I’m super excited and super happy at the same time. I’m ready to finish the season on a strong note and then head over there [to Club Brugge] and try and do bigger things.”
Buchanan has been having a great season in New England with four goals and six assists. He has been a problem for defenders across MLS. Buchanan boasted about his mentality and how it got him to where he is today.
“I think that’s my mentality: to keep wanting to get better as a player, to keep pushing myself no matter what team I was on, whether that was Syracuse University or coming here as a rookie, and then just taking another step forward last year in my second season and obviously another bigger step this year,” he said. “Just having the mentality to keep pushing myself and trying and be the best player and person I could possibly be.”
When it comes to transfers in MLS, it can be tough. While clubs want to be competitive, they also have to balance what is best for the player. It seems that both sides did what was best for Buchanan when it came to reaching an agreement.
“Yeah, I think both parties were huge, very supportive throughout this whole time,” said Buchanan. “It’s been months and every time I just stepped on the field I kind of just cancelled all those noises and just focused on the game. I was able to do that, which was huge. But yeah, all the conversations have been positive, so far. I’m super excited to go out there and the New England Revolution organization was super supportive. I had a lot of talks with Bruce [Arena] and stuff like that, so it was huge to see that and I’m very thankful. But we’ve still got stuff to accomplish this year and I’m super excited to still be here and fighting for a trophy.”
Buchanan won’t be on the field when New England takes on NYCFC on Saturday night since he is suspended due to missing the All-Star game, but there surely will be plenty of chatter about his recent move.