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You can’t win with Canadians: Quintessentially Canadian Power Rankings, MLS Week 20/NASL Week 14

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You can’t win with Canadians.

But the Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton are off to red-hot starts in the NASL fall season. The Eddies are on top of the fall-season table. The Fury has moved into a post-season spot in the overall standings and is just a point behind the Eddies in the fall table.

But, you can’t win with Canadians!

The Eddies and Fury are the runaway leaders out of North Americans first- and second-division leagues when it comes to giving minutes to Canadians.

Didn’t you hear us? YOU CAN’T WIN WITH CANADIANS!

The Eddies have the No. 1 offence in NASL. The Fury are tied with the New York Cosmos in terms of the stingiest goals-against record.

Seriously, you can’t win with Canadians! Don’t you know anything about clichés?

This is what happens when Canadians are allowed to play. The sky doesn’t fall. The team doesn’t go winless. If you don’t ever present challenges for your Canadian players, how can they ever rise to them?

I get it, I get it. A lot of you are thinking “but that’s NASL, not MLS. It’s a lot different when you go up a division.” Fair. But I guess we’ll never be able to judge MLS until we see either TFC, the Impact or the Whitecaps giving the kind of first-team minutes to Canadian talent like the Eddies and Fury do. Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi pledges that his club can get there in a decade. We will all have to mark 2025 on our calendars.

Until then, the Fury and Eddies deserve your support. Guilt free. Unless, of course, you’re still convinced you can’t win with Canadians. In that case, 1995 called — it wants its preconceived notions back.

MLS AND NASL MINUTES BY PLAYER, THE CANADIANS (MLS AFTER 20 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 14 WEEKS):
1. Ashtone Morgan, TFC, MLS, 1189 (14)
2. Mallan Roberts, FCE, NASL, 1170 (13)
3. Jonathan Osorio, TFC, MLS, 1116 (15)
4. Carl Haworth, OTT, NASL, 1011 (12)
5. Kyle Porter, ATL, NASL, 1001 (13)
6. Nana Attakora, SAS, NASL, 952 (10)
7. Tesho Akindele, FCD, MLS 938 (16)
8. Eddie Edward, FCE, NASL, 930 (11)
9. Cyle Larin, ORL, MLS, 878 (14)
10. Russell Teibert, VAN, MLS, 858 (15)
11. Dominic Oppong, ATL, NASL, 846 (13)
12. Adrian Cann, SAS, NASL, 810 (9)
13. Julian de Guzman, OTT, NASL, 800 (9)
14. Allan Zebie, FCE, NASL, 740 (10)
15. Mason Trafford, OTT, NASL, 720 (8)
16. Will Johnson, POR, MLS 623 (6)
17. Sam Adekugbe, VAN, MLS, 615 (7)
18. Marcel de Jong, SKC, MLS, 589 (8)
19. Frank Jonke, FCE, NASL, 531 (8)
20. Michael Nonni, FCE, NASL, 517 (10)
21.Karl Ouimette, NYRB, MLS, 511 (7)
22. Sadi Jalali, FCE, NASL, 468 (7)
23. Mauro Eustaquio, OTT, NASL, 385 (7)
24. Wandrille Lefevre, MTL, MLS, 360 (4)
25. Maxim Tissot, MTL, MLS 352 (6)
26. Drew Beckie, OTT, NASL, 343 (7)
27. Patrice Bernier, MTL, MLS 325 (11)
28. John Smits, FCE, NASL, 315 (4)
29. Kyle Bekker, FCD/MTL, MLS, 313 (8)
30. Hanson Boakai, FCE, NASL, 233 (7)
31. Patryk Misik, OTT, NASL, 166 (5)
32. Kianz Froese, VAN, MLS, 162 (7)
33. Jay Chapman, TFC, MLS, 122 (6)
34. Anthony Jackson-Hamel, MTL, MLS 107 (5)
35. Philippe Davies, OTT, NASL, 25 (3)
36. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, MTL, MLS, 18 (2)
37. Bruno Zebie, FCE, NASL 13 (1)
38. Jordan Hamilton, TFC, MLS, 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 20 WEEKS, NASL AFTER 14 WEEKS):
1. Ethan Finlay, CLB 1746 (21)
2. Steven Vitoria, PHI 810 (9)

TEAM RANKINGS, MINUTES PLAYED BY CANADIANS IN 2015 (INCLUDES BOTH SUREFIRES and MAYBES); RANKED BY AVERAGE MINUTES PER GAME:
FC Edmonton, NASL, 4927/14 GP (351.9) (+0.7)
Ottawa, NASL, 3450/13 GP (265.4) (-3.4)
Atlanta, NASL, 1847/13 GP (142.1) (-3.4)
Toronto FC, MLS, 2431/18 GP (135.1) (+2.9)
San Antonio, NASL 1662/14 GP (118.7) (+2.7)
Columbus, MLS, 1746/21 GP (83.1) (+0.7)
Vancouver, MLS, 1635/21 GP (77.9) (-3.5)
Montreal, MLS, 1162/16 GP (72.6) (-3.4)
FC Dallas, MLS, 1252/20 GP (62.6) (-2.7)
Orlando City, MLS, 878/20 GP (43.9) (-0.6)
Philadelphia, MLS, 810/21 GP (38.6) (-1.9)
Sporting Kansas City, MLS, 589/18 GP (32.7) (-1.9)
Portland, MLS, 623/21 GP (29.7) (+3)
New York Red Bulls, MLS 511/19 GP (26.9) (-1)

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7 Comments

  1. Chris

    July 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Have you watched a single Team Canada outing at the Pan-American Games? Poor passing, one goal. This is our Canadian soccer future.

    Reply

  2. Seedman

    July 20, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Kyle Bekker, drops Dallas ratings but more importantly, this might boosts his playing minutes. If he can raise his defensive abilities, they guy could before a decent starter in the league.

    Side note, when Canada made their one and only World Cup, most of the team was composed of N.A.S.L. players.

    Reply

  3. Bartosz J

    July 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Also, you should really include USL in these numbers since the USL teams are doing THE BEST in terms of Canadian development of young talent. Far better than NASL, and breeding the next generation that will be able to play in MLS.

    Reply

    • Steven Sandor

      July 20, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      We explained the logic back when we launched the weekly feature… comparing USL to NASL and MLS is apples to oranges. In USL, Canadians are counted as domestics. In NASL and MLS, they are only counted as domestics on Canadian teams. Since we are only in first year of USL/MLS deal for Canadian teams, and pronouncements on their effectiveness would be premature and irresponsible. Give it a couple of years and we can give it an assessment that would be of more value than simple cheerleading.

      Reply

  4. Bartosz J

    July 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I feel like this is a terrible time to use this refrain.. especially when using FCE and the Fury as examples. There were only 4 Canadian starters on FCE which prides themselves of being so Canadian, and of all there Canadian players none of them make any impact going foward. Roberts has been good on the back this year.

    Fury? 2 Canadian in the starting 11??? And one of those is a guy who’s on the verge of retirement. For teams that should be investing in Canadian talent it seems like the majority of them are fielding players from all over the world who aren’t even world beaters.

    To me the refrain rings truer than ever.. you truly can’t win with Canadians. Especially in the NASL it seems.

    Reply

  5. footy

    July 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Are you talking about the two Canadian starters for Fury FC? One of which was subbed off for another one? Contrary to the point you’re trying to make, Fury only started picking up points when Canadaian minutes were eliminated.

    Before the season is over, TFC will be above Fury FC in these rankings.

    Reply

    • footy

      July 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

      And guess what? Fury starts 4 and wins. Doh!

      Reply

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