With MLS heading back to work after the Copa America break — and NASL in the midst of its summer hiatus — we’ll see some imbalances in our rankings of minutes played by Canadians over the next couple of weeks. MLS teams have already played more games than their NASL counterparts, so the numbers are skewed in favour of the Div-1 clubs over the Div-2 teams.
The reason they are ranked together is that they both have similar roster rules — Americans are domestics on Canadian and U.S. based clubs, while Canadians are only considered domestics on teams north of the border. USL recognizes Canadians as domestic players no matter where they play, so it can’t be compared to the other two leagues.
Of note this week: FC Montreal is already past 10K mark in terms of giving out minutes to Canadian players. The USL side is averaging more than 900 minutes played per game by Canadians — impressive considering that there is only 990 minutes available to play in a 90-minute match.
And Vancouver Whitecap Marco Bustos completed a grand turn — of sorts. He played five minutes in his MLS side’s 2-1 loss Saturday to the New England Revolution. The next day, he played 84 minutes for the USL VWFC2 team.
HERE ARE THE RANKINGS:
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