On the youth-development front, it’s been a wonderful weekend for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fifteen-year-old Alphonso Davies made his MLS debut Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Orlando. The fact that a kid who can’t legally get a driver’s licence is playing first-team football… fantastic.
As well, the team’s U-18 side got all the way to the USSDA final, where it lost to FC Dallas. More cheers.
And the team signed Canadian internationals David Edgar and Marcel de Jong this week! Even more cheers!
But, it also needs to be said that MDJ has only made one brief appearance as a sub in the two games in which he’s been in a Whitecaps shirt. And even though Davies got a run-out Saturday, no other Canadians got minutes in that match.
So, despite all the good Canadian news from the Whitecaps, after the team’s two matches this past week, its season-long average of minutes played by Canadians per match dipped below 90. That means the Whitecaps average less than one full 90 minute session for a Canadian player per game. And that puts them far behind the four other Canadian MLS and NASL sides.
So, we’re still waiting for these good Canadian omens to make a meaningful impact on the franchise as a whole. Fingers crossed.
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