Rangers loanee Fraser Aird suffers shock defeat with Vancouver Whitecaps

The 21-year-old started at right-back as the Canadian club lost 4-0 at D.C. United on Saturday night.

Rangers loanee Fraser Aird was on the receiving end of a thumping on Saturday night as his Vancouver Whitecaps side suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at D.C. United.

D.C. went into the match looking for their first win of the 2016 MLS season after recording three draws and two defeats in their opening five games, but the Eastern Conference outfit looked like a different team in dispatching the misfiring Whitecaps.

Fabian Espindola opened the scoring in the 39th-minute and then added his second nine minutes after the break, before substitute Alvaro Saborio bagged a brace himself with two late strikes to send Carl Robinson’s men back to the Pacific Northwest with nothing to show from their trip across North America.

Unsurprisingly, few Vancouver players gave a good account of themselves on the night, as only goalkeeper David Ousted prevented the scoreline from looking worse.

Aird was making his fourth straight start at right-back for the club, but after a solid start to the match, D.C. soon began to target his flank and take advantage of his lack of experience at the position.

Vs D.C. United Total TacklesSuccessful TacklesInterceptionsTotal ClearancesAccurate CrossesKey PasssesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyMins Played
Fraser Aird 7 6 5 6 1 1 35 77% 90

The 21-year-old Canadian, who joined the Whitecaps in late January on a season-long loan, still put up some impressive statistics over the course of the match, recording a team-leading seven tackles and five interceptions, but that was more down to how often he was picked on rather than a reflection of his performance.

At the same time, the converted winger did impress when he managed to get forward, offering up six crosses to increase his season total to 28 in six appearances, but that proved little consolation for the Canadian club.

Having impressed over previous weeks, the one-time capped international’s performance should not be viewed with too much to concern, but it does emphasise that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the right-back role.

Given that his deal is with a view to a permanent deal, it will be interesting to see how he develops at the position going forward – especially with a starting spot in the Canadian national team currently up for grabs.

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