Rangers loanee Rhys Breen was praised for an ‘amazing’ goalline clearance but was ultimately outshone by former Ibrox defender Rob Kiernan as Orange County SC defeated Oakland Roots 1-0 at the weekend.

Breen and midfielder Jack Thomson both headed to the States last month to spend the 2021 USL Championship season with the Gers’ partner club.

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Rangers loanee Breen is impressing alongside former Ibrox defender Rob Kiernan at Orange County, following a 2020/21 stint with Queen of the South. (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Thomson is yet to make an appearance but Breen has already established himself in the heart of defence, turning out five times alongside Kiernan.

The OCSC media team labelled Breen a ‘beast’ after his strong debut showing against Sacramento Republic and he also made a strong contribution against the Roots at the weekend with an ‘amazing save on the goal line’ after 41 minutes when the scores were locked at 0-0.

County took the lead just four minutes later through Haiti international Ronaldo Damus, who finished from close range following slick build-up play.


Breen was replaced by Eero Markkanen at the interval, though, and it was ultimately Kiernan who would do the most to ensure his side emerged with a clean sheet.

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The 30-year-old was regularly criticised during his two-year stint at Ibrox, but he’s thriving in his second season in the US second tier and he scooped the Man of the Match award following a fan vote.

After six matches, OCSC are now third in the USL Western Conference on ten points, trailing Phoenix Rising and LA Galaxy II, although both of those teams have played more games.

In other news, Rangers fans have raved about an outstanding Ibrox star following his latest strong international display.

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