Buchanan earns 2017 Canadian Player of the Year honor

Despite being only 22-years-old, Kadeisha Buchana (pictured) has already earned 72 caps for Canada. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)

OTTAWA -- Kadeisha Buchanan has been named Canadian Player of the Year for women’s national team, Canada Soccer announced Thursday.

It is the second time that the 22-year-old defender has earned the honor and first since 2015.

Buchanan was a star with both Canada (9 games/0 goals in 2017) and French club Olympique Lyonnais, launching her professional club career by winning the treble: French league, French Cup and the UEFA Women’s Champions League (first Canadian to do so). She was also named to the Champions League’s Squad of the Season, the first Canadian to win a UEFA Champions League title.

“It has been an amazing year for Kadeisha with the club treble as she has achieved in her first year in France what many players wait a lifetime to achieve,” said Canada head coach John Herdman. “It was just another great year for Kadeisha.”

Thus far in the 2017/18 campaign, Buchanan has made eight appearances in the French league and four more in UEFA Women's Champions League.

The vote was shared by Canadian coaches and media.