Saturday, December 03, 2011

Canada in 2011: All player stats

The Canadian Soccer Association website seems to have misplaced most of their match and player stats in the recent site overhaul, but that hasn't stopped me from compiling the stats of all players to pull on a Canada shirt in 2011 (thanks, soccerway!)

The Google Spreadsheet itself is more elegant than the hack job blogger does with cut and paste, so go have a look for yourself at all the data.

Collectively, Canada went 6-2-4 (win-draw-loss) in 2011, and hopefully the coming weeks will provide time for some analysis of the team's play as a whole. The team was 1-1-1 in friendlies, and 5-3-1 in competitive matches (1-1-1 in the Gold Cup, 4-0-2 in World Cup qualifying).

Briefly, here are some of the highlights:
  • A total of 33 players featured for Canada under Stephen Hart in 2011.
  • Josh Simpson (11 starts, 1 substitute appearance) and Simeon Jackson (9 and 3) were the only Canadians to appear in all 12 Canada matches. Josh Simpson was also the minutes leader with 938, of a possible 1080 (87% of available minutes).
  • Dwayne De Rosario was the other player to start 11 matches, and played the second most minutes. After Simpson and De Ro, the rest of the minutes top 11 were: Simeon Jackson, Will Johnson, Nik Ledgerwood (!), Julian de Guzman, Kevin McKenna, Andre Hainault, Terry Dunfield, Lars Hirschfeld and David Edgar.
  • De Rosario and Jackson were the goals leaders in 2011 with 4 each. These totals are made less impressive when you consider that all four of De Ro's goals were penalties, while 3 of Jackson's 4 came against St Lucia. Other players to score in 2011 were Simpson, Iain Hume, Olivier Occean and Tosaint Ricketts (3 each), and Johnson, Hainault and Dunfield (1 each).
  • Milan Borjan and Lars Hirschfeld each made 5 starts in goal (Kenny Stamatopoulos filled in for the remaining 2 matches). Lars had the edge in minutes, at 495 to 405.
  • You will not be shocked to learn that Terry Dunfield led the way with 3 yellow cards. Also picking up cautions were Simpson, Johnson, de Guzman, Edgar and Ashtone Morgan (1 each). There were no sendings off.
  • Tosaint Ricketts seems firmly entrenched in the super-sub role, coming off the bench 8 times, by far the most in that category. Rob Friend was next, with 4 substitute appearances.
  • Julian de Guzman's minutes total for 2011 was 666.

Again, have a look at the spreadsheet and tell me what you found most interesting in the comments.

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