Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Buchanan Makes Shortlist for Women's FIFA Ballon d'Or Award as Best Player

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Buchanan Makes Shortlist for Women's FIFA Ballon d'Or Award as Best Player

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Buchanan makes FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist

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TORONTO - Canadian coach John Herdman has long said teenage defender Kadeisha Buchanan had star quality.

On Monday, he was proved right again as the 19-year-old from Brampton, Ont., was one of 10 shortlisted for the 2015 Ballon D'Or, which honours the women's player of the year.

Herdman, meanwhile, is shortlisted for women's world coach of the year for the second time in his career. He was also nominated in 2012, when he finished sixth in voting.

Contenders for the FIFA men's playing and coaching awards will be announced Tuesday.

Buchanan, who plays collegiate soccer at West Virginia, turned heads at the Women's World Cup on home soil this summer when she won the Hyundai Young Player Award and was the lone Canadian on the tournament all-star squad.

Still a teenager, Buchanan already has 40 caps. Tough, physical and fast, she is the anchor in the Canadian defence.

In being shortlisted for the world award, Buchanan follows in the footsteps of Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, long the face of Canadian women's soccer.

Herdman drew that parallel back in May 2014 after Buchanan starred in a 1-1 tie with the U.S.

"I'm not frightened to say it, she's the Sinclair of defenders. She's that good," Herdman said.

"We'll find some areas to keep working on, but she's got the chance to be the best in the world at her position. That's the reality."

The United States, which won the World Cup in July, is the best represented country on the shortlist with the three players: Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.

The other candidates are Germany's Celia Sasic and Nadine Angerer, who won the award in 2013; France's Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer; Japan's Aya Miyama; and Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann.

Brazil's Marta, who won the award every year from 2006 to 2010 and was the runner-up last year, did not make the 2015 shortlist.

Buchanan is a longshot with Lloyd a favourite after her performance at the World Cup where she won the Golden Ball as player of the tournament, the Silver Boot as second-top scorer and was honoured for best goal of the tournament.

Still it's been a bumper year for Buchanan, the lone centre back on the list. …

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