Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield captained Canada to a historic victory over their North American rivals the USA – their first win against the States since 1985.
Arfield was a stand-out as second-half goals from Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavillini secured a 2-0 victory and the first win against their southern neighbours for 34 years.
Whilst Arfield didn’t score, he set Davies up for the opener and was in inspired form throughout the match.
The midfielder’s commanding display of ability and leadership earned him plaudits from across North American football, with MLS Soccer giving the Gers midfielder an 8.5.
It’s an exciting time for Canadian football with the likes of Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and Gent’s Jonathon Davies emerging as top talents in Europe.
Prior to the landmark result, Arfield was expressing his own excitement about the future of the national side.
“They’re just so young,” said Arfield [Airdrie Today].
“I’ve said it so many times, they’re so innocent — innocent under the pressures and the demands of football, which at times is a wonderful thing to have because you can play so free and fearless.
“It only helps players like myself, Steven Vitoria and Milan (Borjan) — the older veterans on this team — helps us loosen up and play with the no-fear of the young ones.”
It was certainly a coming of age performance from the Canadian side and the first victory over the US since 1985, where the Canucks managed the same scoreline in Vancouver.
It was a record which spawned 17 matches.
Arfield – who chose Canada after being overlooked so many times by Scotland – now captains the side for which he has earned 18 caps and scored twice.