Monday, August 02, 2010

Mid-term Canadian content report

As always seems to happen when I disappear into the wilderness for days or weeks at a time in the summer, the soccer world seems not to care. Games continue to be played, players switch teams, and Canadian fans cling to some shred of hope for the future.

So it took some considerable work to catch up with my Canadian content spreadsheet for Canada's three professional teams. Since all three teams have hurtled pass the midpoint of their respective seasons, it seems time to share the data with a wider audience than the few who bother to click the link that I keep hidden on the sidebar.

The briefest possible summary of the teams' Canadian participation yields the following data, current as of 1 August 2010:

2010 Canadian Content Summary
Team Matches Cdn Mins Total Mins Percent
Montreal 24 7949 23620 33.7%
Toronto 22 7088 21689 32.7%
Vancouver 25 7477 24656 30.3%

The numbers are down across the board from last year, when Vancouver could claim the title of most Canadian. A small part of this drop can be attributed to the fact that I stopped counting the disputably Canadian forwards O'Brian White and Eddy Sebrango, though both players have played relatively minor roles with their clubs this season. Most curious is Vancouver's drop, as they prepare for their entry into MLS next season.

Montreal's position atop the rankings is due in large part to the fact that they've been the only team to field a Canadian 'keeper in any games this season (Srdjan Djekanovic filling in for the injured Matt Jordan).

I already noted that TFC were the most Canadian squad in this year's edition of the Voyageurs Cup, but here's how the numbers break down by competition for all of the teams:

Competition CDN Total Percent
NASL Regular Season 6956 19725 35.3%
Voyageurs Cup 993 3895 25.5%
Totals 7949 23620 33.7%

Competition CDN Total Percent
MLS Regular Season 5282 16739 31.6%
Voyageurs Cup 1446 3960 36.5%
CONCACAF Champions League 360 990 36.4%
Totals 7088 21689 32.68%

Competition CDN Total Percent
NASL Regular Season 6369 20755 30.7%
Voyageurs Cup 1108 3901 28.4%
Totals 7477 24656 30.3%

It's a close race, and at this point it's anybody's guess as to who will be leading this table by the end of the season.

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