The Ottawa Fury was able to get a point against the Tampa Bay Rowdies this past weekend. But maybe even more impressive is the fact that coach Marc Dos Santos gave his Canadian players a total of 402 minutes of game time.
That’s an impressive total spread among five players (Julian de Guzman, Mason Trafford, Drew Beckie, Carl Haworth and Mauro Eustaquio). And it moved Ottawa’s average to nearly 258 minutes per game for Canadian players, slightly behind FC Edmonton’s average of 275 minutes per game.
Hanson Boakai, Adrian Cann and Mason Trafford made their NASL season debuts this past weekend, and it pushes the number of “surefire” Canadian prospects who have played in MLS or NASL in 2015 to 29. But, let’s break that number down. Take Ottawa and the Eddies out of the equation, and the number of players drops to 16 — which isn’t very good at all. Ottawa has played six different Canadians this year, the Eddies have played seven. So, these two franchises are skewing the Power Rankings, which look at the top two divisions in North America — as they both allow Canadian teams to treat Americans as domestic players, but force American teams to treat Canadians as import players. In NASL and MLS, an American is treated as a domestic on both sides of the border;the Canadian player can only be domestic if he plays for a Canadian side.
The USL, not included here, treats both Canadians and Americans as domestic players no matter if they play in Canada and the United States.
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