This marks the second year that The 11 has ranked the minutes played of Canadians in NASL and MLS — the two major pro leagues where Canadians are considered domestic players on Canadian teams but are treated as imports on the American sides.
And, while three weeks of the MLS season is a very small sample size, it seemed like a good time to see where we are this year compared to last season. Why? Because only four MLS players were selected for Canada’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Mexico — and only one of those players, Will Johnson, came from a Canadian team.
So, how are Canadians faring this year in MLS, compared to the Week 3 mark in 2015.
In 2015, through three weeks of MLS action, 12 Canadians had seen the field, and played a total of 1,354 minutes. In 2016, the numbers are very close; 12 players have seen the field, and played a total 1,287 minutes.
So, the number of players hasn’t changed, but the number of minutes played is down slightly.
Here are the rankings:
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