EDINBURGH, Scotland. March 22 (CSA) – Fraser Aird scored his first international goal in Canada’s 1:1 away draw at Scotland. The Scarborough, Ontario midfielder opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Steven Naismith equalised for the hosts in the 35th minute of the March 22 Men’s International Friendly match in Edinburgh.
Final score: Scotland – Canada 1:1
It was a positive performance for the boys in red as they continue to build towards this summer’s 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team now has eight wins, five draws, and six losses in 19 international matches since the last edition in 2015. Canada are undefeated this year with a win and a draw.
“You want to win games and I think we had an opportunity to win this game, but it wasn’t to be,” said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Interim Head Coach. “We were still very pleased with the performance given the short period of time that we were together. I think we had sections of the game where we displayed our qualities and our abilities at this level, so that is a very positive situation for the players and the program and moving forward.”
Junior Hoilett and Maxim Tissot were instrumental down the left side in setting up the play for Aird, who ultimately capitalised on a Scottish misclearance from inside the box. Aird was buzzing throughout the match and had another big chance tipped over the bar by the Scottish goalkeeper Allan McGregor in the second half.
“I’m delighted,” said Aird, Canada Soccer’s man of the match.
“To play for your country is amazing and to get a chance to score my first goal for the country is just amazing. If it wasn’t for (McGregor) in goal, I probably should have had another one.”
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team is currently preparing for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which runs July 7 to 26 across 13 venues in USA.
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.
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