Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 Canadian content: Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact's final second division season has come (mercifully) to a close, as the team was eliminated from playoff contention in the final week of the NASL season.

While the team is closing the book on their pre-MLS existence, I can close the book on their Canadian content numbers for the 2011 season.

The Impact's Canadian content number, as a percentage of total minutes played by all players, is 21.4%. This is a significant drop-off from last season's figure, when just over a third of minutes were played by Canadians (35.4%).

Several big contributors to the 2010 figure left the scene in the off-season. Adam Braz, a 2010 regular, retired in the off-season to take a front office job. Srdjan Djekanovic, who played over half the season as an injury replacement for keeper Matt Jordan, is now coaching in BC. We saw less of Antonio Ribeiro, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, and Reda Agourram than we did the year previous.
The only "new for 2011" Canadian was striker Mircea Ilcu.

Competition CDN Total Percent
NASL Regular Season 5870 27703 21.2%
Canadian Championship 540 2310 23.4%
Totals 6410 30013 21.4%

All the details can be viewed in full here.

While FC Edmonton, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps all have games remaining, Montreal is destined to finish second in this table, barring a huge push from Toronto.

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