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Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings, Week 4

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This is a strange week for the Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings. As MLS played through the international break, there were a few Canadians who would have been eligible for MLS minutes this week who are still with the Canadian national side, which beat Guatemala 1-0 on Friday and will play in Puerto Rico Monday night.

But, with Sam Adekugbe playing the full 90 and Kianz Froese coming in as a second-half sub, the Vancouver Whitecaps padded their lead when it comes to MLS teams giving minutes to Canadian players. But one word of caution; Toronto FC has one game in hand on the Whitecaps.

We also changed the way we do the list in week four. Why? We have headaches when it comes to four players. Kofi Opare got his first minutes of the season with D.C. United; but the Niagara Falls, Ont.-raised player has been with the U.S. U-20 squad, which puts into question his eligibility for Canada down the road. But D.C. United says, “on the international stage, Opare is eligible to play for the United States, Canadian and Ghanaian national teams.” Columbus Crew forward Ethan Finlay has yet to accept Canada’s overtures to join the national-squad. Tesho Akindele has not closed the door on playing for Canada, and there remains hope for Steven Vitoria playing for Canada down the road, we still count them. So, to deal with this confusion, we’ve created a NEW category for “maybes.” That is, players who aren’t sure-fire Canada-eligible players, but there still remains some hope for eligibility.

MLS MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIANS:
1. Sam Adekugbe, VAN 255 (3)
2. Jonathan Osorio, TFC 225 (3)
3. Marcel de Jong, SKC 180 (2)
4. Russell Teibert, VAN 154 (2)
5. Ashtone Morgan, TFC 122 (2)
6. Maxim Tissot, MTL 90 (1)
7. Kianz Froese, VAN 55 (2)
8. Cyle Larin, ORL 18 (1)
9. Patrice Bernier, MTL 14 (1)
10. Kyle Bekker, FCD 12 (2)
11. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, MTL 6 (1)

MLS MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIAN MAYBES:
1. Steven Vitoria, PHI 360 (4)
2. Tesho Akindele, FCD 346 (4)
3. Ethan Finlay, CLB 233 (3)
4. Kofi Opare, DCU 85 (1)

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2015 (INCLUDES BOTH SUREFIRES and MAYBES):
Vancouver 464
Philadelphia 360
FC Dallas 359
Toronto FC 347
Columbus 233
Sporting Kansas City 180
Montreal 110
DC United 85
Orlando City 18

Week five is where it promises to get really interesting. That’s because NASL games will start to be counted, and we can get an even better idea of which teams in North America are getting Canadians the most minutes.

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3 Comments

  1. Austin

    April 1, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Not to add more work to your plate, but if this is going to be a comprehensive list of North American Pro teams playing Canadians you could also include the USL teams. Or at least the non-MLS affiliated USL teams if you wanted to restrict your list to players playing “first team minutes” for their club.

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    • Steven Sandor

      April 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Because USL counts Canadians as domestics league wide, and has to abide by CSA-mandated Canadian roster minimums with the Canadian clubs, comparing USL to NASL/MLS is not apples to apples.

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  2. Kent

    March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Ah, interesting twist having NASL and MLS teams in the same list. I like it. I’m going to guess Ottawa first, then Edmonton second.

    There’s a very real possibility that for the first time since they’ve joined MLS, Vancouver may play more Canadian minutes than TFC this season.

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