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Intrinsically Canadian Power Rankings, MLS Week 1

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What an MLS opening week it was for our three Canadians teams. The total goals scored by Toronto FC, the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps equalled… zero.

So, for the first week at least, maybe the less said about our Canadian clubs, the better.

But, we are bringing back our look at what teams are giving Canadians the most minutes in MLS and, when they kick off, North America’s two division-two leagues. And, the big Canadian focus is on… Orlando City.

Cyle Larin scored the first goal in the history of Orlando City’s new stadium, and WIll Johnson got a full 90 in for his new team. Just like Canadians flock to Florida for vacations and retirements, Orlando City might just be the destination of choice for our MLS players, as well. It’s worth noting that Richie Laryea was on the bench for Orlando in its 1-0 win over NYCFC, but didn’t get onto the pitch.

All in all, seven Canadians saw MLS action, for a total of 427 minutes, in the first week of MLS. That’s down a bit from First Kick of 2016, when eight Canadians combined for a total of 475 minutes.

And, yes, we are counting Alphonso Davies and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla. Yes, Tabla did turn down a spot on Canada’s team for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship; but he’s been with the program before that and, unless there’s a formal change of nations filed through FIFA, he stays. Davies is on a path towards playing for Canada, at least officially, and has appeared in Canadian camps in the past.

MLS MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIANS

  1. Alphonso Davies, Vancouver, 90
  2. Will Johnson, Orlando, 90
  3. Patrice Bernier, Montreal, 74
  4. Cyle Larin, Orlando, 74
  5. Jonathan Osorio, TFC, 61
  6. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Montreal,  27
  7. Tesho Akindele, FCD, 11

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2017

Orlando City, 164

Montreal, 101

Vancouver, 90

Toronto FC, 61

FC Dallas, 11

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