You’d think that, on a weekend where the Canadian national team has World Cup qualifying, that the number of minutes for Canadians in MLS and NASL would take a beating.
But the opposite was true. Even though teams lost Canadians to international duty, the fact that so many other international players were also away opened up opportunities for our domestic players who usually ride the pine. The Impact started two Canadians in its 4-3 win over Chicago — and Wandrille Lefevre got a goal. The Eddies gave more than 300 minutes to Canadian players in their 1-1 draw with Minnesota United. Toronto FC gave starts to both Jonathan Osorio and Ashtone Morgan. And Morgan made the perfect cross that led to Eriq Zavaleta’s goal in the 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Both NASL and MLS have rules in place that allow Canadians to be treated as domestic players on the rosters of Canadian teams, but as foreigners on the U.S. teams. But NASL teams are more willing to play Canadians. In terms of minutes on the pitch, eight of the top 12 players — including the two leaders, Kyle Porter and Eddie Edward — are NASL players. Remember, NASL teams have played fewer games than their MLS counterparts.
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