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Youth lifts Canada over South Korea at Four Nations

Kadeisha Buchanan scored to life Canada past South Korea on Sunday.  (Photo Copyright Harjeet Johal for The Equalizer)

Kadeisha Buchanan scored to life Canada past South Korea on Sunday. (Photo Copyright Harjeet Johal for The Equalizer)

Check it out: Canada has found a way to successfully integrate its U-20 players into its senior team.

Janine Beckie and Kadeisha Buchanan each scored on Sunday to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over South Korea to open the Four Nations Tournament in China. The goal was Beckie’s first at the senior level for Canada.

Beckie, a forward at Texas Tech, and Buchanan, a center back at West Virginia University, both played for Canada at the U-20 World Cup last year. Buchanan and 16-year-old Jessie Fleming have become regulars in John Herdman’s lineups for the senior Canadian team, showing their neighbors to the south a thing or two about integrating young talent and rewarding the youth system.

Canada initially trailed after Yue Minji opened the scoring for South Korea.

“That’s a strong as a performance as I’ve seen these players put in over a sixty-minute period,” Herdman said. “It bodes well – I’m really happy, it showed some real resilience in coming back.”

Mexico and host China played to a scoreless draw in the other match of the day.

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