There are 10 MLS players on Canada’s roster for the upcoming Gold Cup.
But national-team coach Benito Floro lamented how few of those 10 players are actually seeing regular MLS minutes when he spoke to media on a conference call Monday evening.
“The big problem is most of the young players are not starting in MLS,” he said.
And he wasn’t shy to point out that the Canadian MLS teams aren’t carrying their weight. The Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact contributed one player each to the Gold Cup roster — Russell Teibert and Maxim Tissot, respectively. But neither is a put-it-in-ink starter for their respective clubs. To put it in perspective, FC Dallas (Tesho Akindele and Kyle Bekker) had more Canadians selected for the national team than the Whitecaps or Impact. And Bekker is by no means a regular, and Akindele has seen his MLS minutes reduced of late.
Floro said that, in most countries, there are domestic leagues — where the teams in the top two divisions nurture rosters that are 70 to 80 per cent populated with domestic talent. We have no such league in Canada — but what we do have are Canadian teams in MLS and NASL. And Floro suggested that the Canadian MLS teams could do more.
“We have three teams who are playing in MLS,” said Floro. “But only two or three players are starting. That’s a bad position for us, no?”
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