Kadeisha Buchanan

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Kadeisha Buchanan
Kadeisha Buchanan 2016 (cropped).jpg
Kadeisha Buchanan on Pan Am Games
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Olympique Lyonnais
Number 21
Youth career
Erin Mills
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 West Virginia Mountaineers 91 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Toronto Lady Lynx 4 (1)
2014 Ottawa Fury 1 (0)
2016 Vaughan Azzurri 1 (0)
2017– Olympique Lyonnais 24 (0)
National team
2012 Canada U-17 9 (0)
2014 Canada U-20 4 (0)
2015 Canada U-23 4 (0)
2013– Canada 77 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 10, 2018

Kadeisha Buchanan (born November 5, 1995), nicknamed Keisha, is a Canadian soccer player for Olympique Lyonnais in Division 1 Féminine. She is also a member of the Canadian national team. She was born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ontario, the youngest of seven girls in a single-parent home. She was only 17 when she made her debut for the Canada National team on January 12, 2013.[1]

At the 2015 Women's World Cup, Buchanan won the Young Player Award.[2]



Buchanan played college soccer at West Virginia University, for the Mountaineers, where she co-captained the team, and won numerous accolades.[3]

Vaughan Azzurri[edit]

In June 2016, Buchanan signed with Vaughan Azzurri of League1 Ontario to get game action prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics.[4][5]

Olympique Lyonnais[edit]

Upon graduating from West Virginia University, Buchanan was a highly rated prospect prior to the 2017 NWSL College Draft. In December 2016, Buchanan was being linked with a move to Europe, along with fellow Canadian team member Ashley Lawrence.[6] In January 2017, it was announced that Buchanan had signed with Olympique Lyonnais of Division 1 Féminine.[7] In June 2018, Buchanan would sign a three year contract extension which would keep her with Lyon until 2022.[8]


Buchanan was 14 years old when she was recruited to the Canadian youth program in 2010. She won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-17 championship in Guatemala.[9] When she was called up to the Canadian women's national team in 2013 while still in high school, Buchanan became one of the youngest players on any women's national team.[10]

Buchanan scored her first international goal against the United States on May 8, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in front of the second largest crowd to ever watch a women's soccer game in Canada.[11] The game ended in a 1–1 draw. Buchanan was also named Canada's Under-20 Women's Player of the Year in 2013, and anchored the host nation's defence at the 2014 Women's U-20 World Cup Canada in 2014.[12]

In 2015, Buchanan established herself as one of the best defenders in the world, winning the Young Player Award in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup,[13] as well as being named Canadian Women's Player of the Year,[14] and being nominated for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or.[15]


– 2012 Won a silver medal at the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 championship in Guatemala[16]

– 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Best Young Player Award[17]

-2015 Finalist (1 of 3) for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The award represents the highest level of individual achievement in women's soccer.[18]

-2016 Hardman Award, honouring West Virginia amateur athletes. First WV woman honoured since Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist, in 1984.[19]



Olympique Lyonnais




Career statistics[edit]


As of June 2, 2018[21][22]
Club League Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olympique Lyonnais D1 Féminine 2016–17 8 0 4 0 5 0 17 0
2017–18 16 0 3 0 4 0 23 0
Total 24 0 7 0 9 0 40 0
Career total 24 0 7 0 9 0 40 0

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 May 2014 Investors Group Field  United States 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 11 January 2015 Shenzhen Bay Sports Center  South Korea 2–1 2–1 Four Nations Tournament
3 14 February 2016 BBVA Compass Stadium  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 6–0 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifier

Education and scholastic playing career[edit]

Buchanan attended Cardinal Leger Catholic Secondary School, where she played flag football, volleyball, and basketball in addition to soccer.[23] She was enrolled in general studies. She earned a place on the Garret Ford Academic Honour Roll.[24]

Buchanan attends West Virginia University, where she plays collegiate soccer for the Mountaineers and has qualified for the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Both of Buchanan's parents are originally from Jamaica. Her father was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica while her mother is originally from Montego Bay. Kadeisha grew up in the greater Toronto area, specifically Brampton and Mississauga. Buchanan is the youngest of her mom's seven daughters. There are 11 siblings in total.


  1. ^ "Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Buchanan named Hyundai Best Young Player". FIFA.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ashley Lawrence profile". West Virginia University. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Vaughan Features Canada WNT Players In 9–0 Win Over Darby". League1 Ontario. June 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kadeisha Buchanan profile". League1 Ontario. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Neil Davidson (December 30, 2016). "Canadian soccer stars Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence mull over club futures". Vancouver Sun. 
  7. ^ Neil Davidson (Jan 8, 2017). "Canadian soccer star Kadeisha Buchanan joins French powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais". Ottawa Citizen. 
  8. ^ "La-Canadienne-Buchanan-Prolonge-Pour-Trois-Ans-a-Lyon". Le Figaro. June 2, 2018. 
  9. ^ http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2014/03/17/12/21/us-u17-wnt-defeats-canada-to-win-concacaf-championship
  10. ^ "Women's World Cup's Youngest Player Winner's Roots Stretch To Jamaica | Caribbean and Latin America News and Lifestyle Daily – News Americas Now". www.newsamericasnow.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  11. ^ Ed Tait (May 9, 2014). "World's best can't beat Canada". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  12. ^ http://www.wvusports.com/page.cfm?story=25942&cat=wsoccer
  13. ^ FIFA (July 6, 2015). "Buchanan receives Hyundai Young Player Award". FIFA. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ Neil Davidson (December 17, 2015). "Kadeisha Buchanan named Canadian women's soccer player of the year". CBC. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ Laura Armstrong (October 19, 2015). "Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan on FIFA Ballon d'Or award shortlist". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Women's World Cup's Youngest Player Winner's Roots Stretch To Jamaica | Caribbean and Latin America News and Lifestyle Daily – News Americas Now". www.newsamericasnow.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  17. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ - Hyundai Young Player Award - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  18. ^ "Buchanan Named Hermann Trophy Finalist". Big12Sports.com. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  19. ^ http://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports/20160207/wvu-soccer-standout-buchanan-wins-hardman-award
  20. ^ 2015 FIFPro Award
  21. ^ "Kadeisha Buchanan Profile". Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Kadeisha Buchanan". statsfootofeminin.fr. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  23. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineer Player Profiles". "West Virginia Mountaineers". Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  24. ^ "Canada Soccer profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  25. ^ "Canada Soccer profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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