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Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings, MLS Week 7/NASL Week 3

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FC Edmonton not only got a thrilling win in the most compelling game played in either MLS or NASL this weekend, but the Eddies are putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack when it comes to playing Canadians.

At least, that’s out of North America’s top two divisions, which, unlike third-division USL, treat Canadians as foreign players on the rosters of the U.S.-based teams.

The Eddies, on average, give 287 minutes per game of playing time to Canadians, more than 50-minutes-per-game better than the next best squad, the Ottawa Fury. The Atlanta Silverbacks, with regular starting jobs for Kyle Porter and Dominic Oppong, take up the third spot.

We don’t get an MLS team till No. 4 — Toronto FC. The Whitecaps round out the Top 5.

Also of note: For the first time this season, Tesho Akindele was relegated to the FC Dallas bench, and appeared as a sub in this past weekend’s win over TFC. The paranoid conspiracy theorist might note that the decision to sit Akindele came just days after Canadian national team head coach Benito Floro said that it was “99.9 per cent” certain that the Calgary-born, Colorado-raised Akindele would represent Canada internationally. But, we are just 0.1 per cent away from moving Akindele from the secondary list of Canadian “maybes” to our surefire Canadian ranking!

MLS AND NASL MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIANS (MLS AFTER 7 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 3 WEEKS):
1. Sam Adekugbe, VAN, MLS, 525 (6)
2. Russell Teibert, VAN, MLS, 446 (6)
3. Marcel de Jong, SKC, MLS, 390 (5)
4. Jonathan Osorio, TFC, MLS, 374 (5)
5. Ashtone Morgan, TFC, MLS, 296 (4)
T6. Eddie Edward, FCE, NASL, 270 (3)
T6. Carl Haworth, OTT, NASL, 270 (3)
T6. Kyle Porter, ATL, NASL, 270 (3)
T6. Mallan Roberts, FCE, NASL, 270 (3)
10. Frank Jonke, FCE, NASL, 253 (3)
11. Dominic Oppong, ATL, NASL, 250 (3)
12. Cyle Larin, ORL, MLS, 204 (4)
T13. Nana Attakora, SAS, NASL, 180 (2)
T13. Julian de Guzman, OTT, NASL, 180 (2)
15. Patryk Misik, OTT, NASL, 162 (3)
16. Maxim Tissot, MTL, MLS 90 (1)
17. Patrice Bernier, MTL, MLS 81 (2)
18. Drew Beckie, OTT, NASL, 75 (2)
19. Kianz Froese, VAN, MLS, 66 (3)
20. Kyle Bekker, FCD, MLS, 57 (3)
21. Sadi Jalali, FCE, NASL, 52 (2)
22. Michael Nonni, FCE, NASL, 16 (1)
23. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, MTL, MLS, 6 (1)
24. Mauro Eustaquio, OTT, NASL, 4 (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 7 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 3 WEEKS):
1. Steven Vitoria, PHI 720 (8)
2. Tesho Akindele, FCD 550 (7)
3. Ethan Finlay, CLB 476 (6)
4. Kofi Opare, DCU 355 (4)

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2015 (INCLUDES BOTH SUREFIRES and MAYBES); RANKED BY AVERAGE MINUTES PER GAME:
FC Edmonton, NASL, 861/3 GP (287)
Ottawa, NASL, 691/3 GP (230.3)
Atlanta, NASL, 520/3 GP (173.3)
Toronto FC, MLS, 670/5 GP (134)
Vancouver, MLS, 1037/8 GP (129.6)
Philadelphia, MLS, 720/8 GP (90)
San Antonio, NASL 180/2 GP (90)
FC Dallas, MLS, 608/7 GP (86.9)
Columbus, MLS, 476/6GP (79.3)
DC United, MLS, 355/6 GP (59.2)
Sporting Kansas City, MLS, 390/7 GP (55.7)
Montreal, MLS, 177/4 GP (44.25)
Orlando City, MLS, 204/7 GP (29.1)

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