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Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings, MLS Week 10/NASL Week 6

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The Ottawa Fury was able to get a point against the Tampa Bay Rowdies this past weekend. But maybe even more impressive is the fact that coach Marc Dos Santos gave his Canadian players a total of 402 minutes of game time.

That’s an impressive total spread among five players (Julian de Guzman, Mason Trafford, Drew Beckie, Carl Haworth and Mauro Eustaquio). And it moved Ottawa’s average to nearly 258 minutes per game for Canadian players, slightly behind FC Edmonton’s average of 275 minutes per game.

Hanson Boakai, Adrian Cann and Mason Trafford made their NASL season debuts this past weekend, and it pushes the number of “surefire” Canadian prospects who have played in MLS or NASL in 2015 to 29. But, let’s break that number down. Take Ottawa and the Eddies out of the equation, and the number of players drops to 16 — which isn’t very good at all. Ottawa has played six different Canadians this year, the Eddies have played seven. So, these two franchises are skewing the Power Rankings, which look at the top two divisions in North America — as they both allow Canadian teams to treat Americans as domestic players, but force American teams to treat Canadians as import players. In NASL and MLS, an American is treated as a domestic on both sides of the border;the Canadian player can only be domestic if he plays for a Canadian side.

The USL, not included here, treats both Canadians and Americans as domestic players no matter if they play in Canada and the United States.

Montreal returned to MLS action this week in much the same way it played earlier this season. That is, without using Canadians. The Impact averages just 35.4 minutes per game of playing time for Canadians. Compare that to Toronto FC and the Whitecaps, who are averaging just a little more than 120 minutes per game of time played by Canadians. The Whitecaps/TFC numbers don’t come close to the Canadian NASL teams, but are astronomically better than Montreal’s.

Still, 120 minutes per game is nothing to wave the flag over. That’s one full 90 per game plus a half an hour of sub time.

One final note: We’ve made the decision to completely remove Kofi Opare from the list. While he’s indicated he wants to play for Canada, and spent much of his childhood in Niagara Falls, he’s not a Canadian citizen yet. And, playing for D.C. United, it’s hard to see him fulfilling a residency requirement needed for citizenship anytime soon. Ethan Finlay and Tesho Akindele have been invited to Canadian national-team camps, and Steven Vitoria was born in Canada, so they remain on the Canadian “maybe” list – even though we are hopeful that Akindele will soon move to the surefire-Canada-eligible list before the end of the MLS season.

MLS AND NASL MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIANS (MLS AFTER 10 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 6 WEEKS):
1. Russell Teibert, VAN, MLS, 696 (9)
2. Sam Adekugbe, VAN, MLS, 615 (7)
3. Ashtone Morgan, TFC, MLS, 566 (7)
4. Carl Haworth, OTT, NASL, 517 (6)
5. Kyle Porter, ATL, NASL, 508 (6)
6. Dominic Oppong, ATL, NASL, 495 (6)
7. Marcel de Jong, SKC, MLS, 453 (6)
T8. Julian de Guzman, OTT, NASL, 450 (5)
T8. Eddie Edward, FCE, NASL, 450 (5)
T8. Mallan Roberts, FCE, NASL, 450 (5)
11. Jonathan Osorio, TFC, MLS, 430 (7)
12. Nana Attakora, SAS, NASL, 360 (4)
13. Cyle Larin, ORL, MLS, 352 (6)
14. Drew Beckie, OTT, NASL, 255 (4)
15. Frank Jonke, FCE, NASL, 253 (3)
16. Patryk Misik, OTT, NASL, 165 (4)
17. Karl Ouimette, NYRB, MLS, 142 (2)
18. Allan Zebie, FCE, NASL, 101 (2)
T19. Adrian Cann, SAS, NASL, 90 (1)
T19. Maxim Tissot, MTL, MLS 90 (1)
T19. Mason Trafford, OTT, NASL, 90 (1)
22. Kyle Bekker, FCD, MLS, 87 (4)
23. Patrice Bernier, MTL, MLS 81 (2)
24. Mauro Eustaquio, OTT, NASL, 69 (2)
25. Kianz Froese, VAN, MLS, 66 (3)
26. Sadi Jalali, FCE, NASL, 52 (2)
27. Michael Nonni, FCE, NASL, 43 (3)
28. Hanson Boakai, FCE, NASL, 28 (1)
29. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, MTL, MLS, 6 (1)

MLS AND NASL MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIAN MAYBES — PLAYERS WHO COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR CANADA, BUT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR OTHER NATIONS AND HAVE NOT COMMITTED TO CANADA (MLS AFTER 10 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 6 WEEKS):
1. Steven Vitoria, PHI 810 (9)
2. Ethan Finlay, CLB 746 (9)
3. Tesho Akindele, FCD 637 (10)

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2015 (INCLUDES BOTH SUREFIRES and MAYBES); RANKED BY AVERAGE MINUTES PER GAME:
FC Edmonton, NASL, 1377/5 GP (275.4) (+5.6)
Ottawa, NASL, 1546/6 GP (257.7) (+28.9)
Atlanta, NASL, 1003/6 GP (167.2) (-3.8)
Vancouver, MLS, 1377/11 GP (125.2) (-3.5)
Toronto FC, MLS, 996/8 GP (124.5) (-0.4)
San Antonio, NASL 450/5 GP (90) (NC)?
Columbus, MLS, 746/9 GP (82.9) (+0.9)
Philadelphia, MLS, 810/11 GP (73.6) (-7.4)
FC Dallas, MLS, 725/10 GP (72.5) (+0.3)
Sporting Kansas City, MLS, 453/10 GP (45.3) (-5)
Orlando City, MLS, 352/9 GP (39.1) (+5.2)
Montreal, MLS, 177/5 GP (35.4) (-8.9)
New York Red Bulls, MLS 142/9GP (15.8) (+4.5)

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5 Comments

  1. Nick Smith (@NSmithCA)

    May 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    What happened to Opare?

    Reply

    • Steven Sandor

      May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Explained in the text. Opare removed because we felt he’s still very very far from having a realistic shot at playing for Canada. (He does not have a passport yet)

      Reply

  2. BCM

    May 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    The most pleasing aspect to this list is that four of the top five in minutes for MLS players are young prospects in the early stages of their careers. This bodes well for the future.

    Reply

  3. footy

    May 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I watched that Fury game Saturday. It wasn’t much and I cringe every time the commentator pronounces the word Eustaqio. Can someone out there let him know EU in Portuguese is just one letter and not E-ustaqio (the exact pronunciation would be similar to the German ö, although I could live with a simple u). Nobody says Matt van O-ekel either! (in Dutch it would be the German U without dots, but whatever).

    Reply

  4. Clay

    May 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

    What’s DeRo’s status? Noticebly absent from this list.

    Reply

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