Like last year, it is Vancouver that has come out on top. You can view all the details for yourself, but here are the team summaries:
|USL Regular Season||13034||29695||43.9%|
|CONCACAF Champions League||762||1980||38.5%|
|USL Regular Season||11643||28637||40.7%|
|MLS Regular Season||11523||30630||37.6%|
|CONCACAF Champions League||646||1980||32.6%|
The numbers, for the most part, speak for themselves. Still, allow me the liberty of some interpretation:
- The playoff numbers for Montreal and Vancouver represented a significant decline from the other competitive matches. In Vancouver's case, injuries (Gordon Chin) and discipline issues (Martin Nash) were responsible for most of the decline.
- The year-to-year changes are fairly interesting. Vancouver, despite being the most Canadian outfit, saw its number drop from 56.4% overall the previous year to 42.1% (-14.3%), while Toronto jumped from 22.1% to 37.6% (+15.5%). Montreal slipped a little bit from 44.1% to 39.2% (-4.9%)
- None of the 3 Canadian sides fielded a Canadian keeper for the majority of matches.
- In 2008 the Voyageurs Cup was least Canadian, in terms of minutes played, of all the competition formats. This year it was the most. The breakdown by competition:
|CONCACAF Champions League||1408||3960||35.6%|
If we only count "real Canadians" . . .
For consistency's sake, I listed Montreal's Eduardo Sebrango as Canadian, and did the same for O'Brian White, who claims Jamaican and Canadian allegiances, depending on convenience. It is worth noting that when both players are removed from the calculations, Montreal drops to third in the overall standings. Toronto's final score would drop to 36.4%, while Montreal would sit at 33.6%.
While the total minutes played by Canadians, real and marginal, dropped slightly (by just over 3000 minutes) from 2008 to 2009, there were positive developments on the Canadian talent front.
First and foremost was the huge jump in Canadian presence in the lineups at Toronto FC, even while abandoning the goalkeeping position as a Canuck stronghold. I don't really have anything positive to say about Montreal's aging Canadian core, but they are champions so I highly doubt they are crying into their poutine about it. And Vancouver, a year after jettisoning a largely Canadian veteran core, managed to hold onto their title from last year in this department, while fielding a team of emerging young stars like Marcus Haber, Randy Edwini-Bonsu and Ethan Gage.
Coming soon?: Goals breakdown: Canadian vs foreign