Friday, June 26, 2009

Voyageurs Cup wrap-up: Canadian content

Most patriotic kimono

With our national holiday on the horizon, it seems as good a time as any to get a little more jingoistic with my soccer blogging.

We are currently in a little hiatus between the exciting second edition of the Voyageurs Cup (Nutrilite Canadian Championship) and the biennial Tournament of False Hopes called the Gold Cup.

I'm going to take this time to look back on our little national cup tourney, and specifically the Canadian content contained therein.

Canadian content on the pitch

First, let's take a look back at last year's Canadian content numbers for the tournament:

2008 Voyageurs Cup Canadian Content
Team CDN Mins Total Mins % CDN
Vancouver 1962 3960 49.5%
Montreal 1878 3923 47.9%
Toronto 725 3960 18.3%
Totals 4565 11843 38.5%

Toronto's measly contribution dragged the overall percentage down significantly. This year, with the additions of Dwayne De Rosario and Adrian Serioux, and the emergence of Nana Attakora, they upped their contribution in a big way.

This year's numbers:

2009 Voyageurs Cup Canadian Content
Team CDN Mins Total Mins % CDN
Montreal 1780 3941 45.2%
Vancouver 1595 3960 40.3%
Toronto 1570 3960 39.6%
Totals 4945 11861 41.7%

Montreal and, especially, Vancouver slipped a bit in this department, but due to Toronto stepping it up in a big way, the total Canadian content on the pitch nudged up from 38.5% to 41.7% over the first two years of the competition. Here's hoping that trend continues.

Two Canadians played every minute of every game in the tournament: Captain Jim Brennan of Toronto, and fighter-not-lover Charles Gbeke of Vancouver.

Canadians bulging the ol' onion bag

It's important that Canadians feature in the scoring department as well.

Back in 2008, there were 12 goals scored in the competition. Of those 12, either 1 or 3 were scored by Canadian players, depending on whether you count Eddy Sebrango as Canadian or not. He had 2 goals, while Martin Nash was the only bona fide Canadian to score. So call it 9% or 25%, based on your own preference.

This year's goal scoring list featured a number of red and white goal scorers. All the goals from the 2009 competition:

Player Team Goals
Dwayne de Rosario Toronto 3
Ansu Toure Vancouver 2
Amado Guevara Toronto 2
Chad Barrett Toronto 2
Kevin Harmse Toronto 1
Marcus Haber Vancouver 1
Charles Gbeke Vancouver 1
Ethan Gage Vancouver 1
Tony Donatelli Montreal 1

Of the 14 total goals, half were scored by Canadian talent (De Rosario x 3, Harmse, Haber, Gbeke, Gage).

A bump from 25% to 50% is nothing to sneeze at.

If you're the kind of person that likes following this Canadian content stuff, pay attention to the sidebar, where I've been tracking the Canadian content for our pro teams in every game this season. The Whitecaps, just like they were last year, are the 'most Canadian' side so far in '09.

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