Stephanie Labbé, Tajon Buchanan named Canada Soccer players of the month

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TORONTO — Stephanie Labbé and Tajon Buchanan have been named Canada Soccer’s players of the month for August.

Labbé, from Stony Plain, Alta., helped Canada win gold at the Tokyo Olympics, denying Sweden with a dominant performance in goal during the final penalty shootout.

Buchanan, from Brampton, Ont., scored three goals and added an assist for the MLS-leading New England Revolution.

Labbé made five appearances at the Olympics, helping Canada win another penalty shootout over Brazil in the quarterfinals. She posted a clean sheet in the 1-0 semifinal win over the top-ranked U.S.

Both players made moves in August with Labbé leaving Sweden’s FC Rosengard for Paris Saint-Germain where she will play alongside fellow Canadians Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema.

Buchanan, who also won the Canada Soccer award in July, moved to Belgium’s Club Brugge but will finish out the MLS season on loan with New England.

Canada Soccer Players of the Month

August 2021 — Tajon Buchanan and Stephanie Labbé.

July 2021 — Tajon Buchanan and Vanessa Gilles.

June 2021 — Alphonso Davies and Ashley Lawrence.

May 2021 — Jonathan David and Christine Sinclair.

April 2021 — Jonathan David and Evelyn Viens.

March 2021 — Cyle Larin and Jessie Fleming.

February 2021 — Alphonso Davies and Shelina Zadorsky.

January 2021 — Cyle Larin and Ashley Lawrence.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 1, 2021

The Canadian Press

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