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Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings, Week 3

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Four Canadian players made their MLS season debuts (or MLS debuts, period) in the third weekend of the MLS season. That boosts the number of Canadians who have played in the league so far in 2015 to 12.

But, take that with a grain of salt. The two strong leaders in minutes played by Canadians may never ever suit up for the Canadian national side — Philadelphia Union defender Steven Vitoria and FC Dallas striker Tesho Akindele, who scored this past weekend. Because there is still more than a snowball’s chance in hell that either could play for Canada down the road, they are included in the list.

And five of the remaining 10 have seen nothing more than substitute minutes.

But it is encouraging to see Marcel de Jong get his second straight start (and full 90) for Sporting Kansas City, which puts him in the minute lead for Canadian players who actually have senior national-team caps. And Toronto FC had a bye week, so take the Reds’ numbers with a grain of salt.

MLS MINUTES BY PLAYER:
1. Steven Vitoria, PHI 270 (3)
2. Tesho Akindele, FCD 256 (3)
3. Marcel de Jong, SKC 180 (2)
4. Sam Adekugbe, VAN 165 (2)
5. Russell Teibert, VAN 154 (2)
6. Jonathan Osorio, TFC 135 (2)
7. Maxim Tissot, MTL 90 (1)
8. Ashtone Morgan, TFC 45 (1)
9. Kianz Froese, VAN 23 (1)
10. Cyle Larin, ORL 18 (1)
11. Kyle Bekker, FCD 12 (2)
12. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, MTL 6 (1)

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2015:
Vancouver 342
Philadelphia 270
FC Dallas 269
Sporting Kansas City 180
Toronto FC 180
Montreal 96
Orlando City 18

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2 Comments

  1. footy

    March 25, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Steven, you can’t include some players and then when they make lot of minutes point to theft that they probably won’t play for Canada anyway. You shouldn’t include them then. Of those two my guess is Vitoria probably will play for Canada if Floro rates him and the paperwork goes fast enough. Don’t think Portugal is still a viable option for him. Akindele is more questionable but as long as he hasn’t committed to the US, Floro should keep pursuing him.

    In just three weeks the number of Canadians getting minutes has increased steadily. And TFC even had a bye weekend. It’s not all that bleak in MLS.

  2. Kent

    March 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Whitecaps love Canada!

    De Jong made the MLS team of the week too. Also good to see Froese and Larin get some game time. Hopefully they can impress and get more chances. It’s a shame about Adekugbe’s injury. Hopefully it isn’t serious.

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