Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cancon 2012: Week 1 report

After week 1 of professional soccer action involving the Canadian teams, the Canadian content percentages are as follows:

Team %
Toronto 18.18%
Montreal 8.18%
Vancouver 0.00%
Edmonton n/a


TORONTO FC

3/7/2012 vs LA Galaxy
Ashtone Morgan 1
90
Terry Dunfield 1
89
Matt Stinson
1 1
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 180


If you told me a year ago TFC would be in the quarter finals of the Champions League, and they had two Canadian starters I would have put heavy money on those two being Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario.

Expect Ashtone Morgan to see a lot of action this year. Aron Winter thinks enough of him to have withheld him from Canada's Olympic qualifying squad. Matt Stinson and Terry Dunfield are both depth options in midfield; de Guzman should start this week when he returns from suspension.

MONTREAL IMPACT

3/10/2012 at Vancouver
Patrice Bernier 1
81
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 81

Patrice Bernier was the lone Canadian on the pitch during the VAN-MTL match, until he was subbed off. Then there were none. He acquitted himself well enough, but he'll need to do more in what may be a long season for Impact fans. He'll be the lone Canadian for Montreal most weeks -- I don't think we'll be seeing much of Evan James or Greg Sutton, the only other Canadians on the Montreal roster.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

3/10/2012 vs Montreal
none

0
Total Mins 990 Cdn Mins 0

None was one of the leading Canadian participants for Vancouver last year: there were 15 matches where Canadian players did not see a single minute of action. Don't expect this year to be much different.

Vancouver's Canadian quota is made up of just 3 players: Swiss international Alain Rochat, whose minutes don't count for this project, and youngsters Russell Teibert and Bryce Alderson. Teibert was scratched from last night's game day squad because of an injury, and Alderson didn't make the bench. Both Alderson and Teibert will miss the next several weeks as they will join Canada for Olympic qualifying.

FC EDMONTON

The Eddies don't kick off their NASL season until April 7th. They did play a friendly last night, and their Canadian contingent in that match included Michael Misiewicz, Diaz Kambere, Dominic Oppong, Kenny Caceros, Paul Craig, Niko Saler, Michael Cox, Elvir Gigolaj, Chris Kooy, Kyle Porter, Matt Lam and John Smits.

American teams with more Canadian minutes than the Whitecaps and Impact this week
DC United 180 (De Rosario 90, Jakovic 90), Houston 90 (Hainault), Chivas USA (Jazic 90)

Next week


Wednesday, March 14th
Toronto at Los Angeles / 10 pm et (CCL) / Sportsnet 1

Saturday, March 17th

Chicago at Montreal / 2 pm et / TSN
Toronto at Seattle / 10 pm et / Sportsnet 1
Vancouver at Chivas USA / 10 pm et / Sportsnet West and Pacific

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eduardo Sebrango has Canadian citenship and counts as a Canadian

J said...

True. Sebrango counts towards the Canadian quota. But is not and has not ever been eligible to represent Canada because he previously represented Canada, so he does not count towards the Canadian content stats.

If Owen Hargreaves played for a Canadian team in MLS, the same would apply.

Anonymous said...

I should add that Rochat is in the same boat as Sebrango. Counts as Canadian according to MLS rules, but not eligible to represent Canada (and we could sure use him) having previously been capped for Switzerland.

Those two are pretty cut and dried. In previous years, it was more difficult to judge whether O'Brian White ought to have been included.


--the Management

Pej said...

Bryce Alderson was a part of the 18 for Vancouver last weekend, not that this makes the zero total minutes any less glaring. But as a Whitecaps supporter, I will say that I have a better feeling for Cancon minutes under Martin Rennie than I ever did under Tommy Soehn. #FOTS

I hope that Bryce and Russell can see a lot of minutes after Nashville, particularly for the Voyageurs Cup matches.

J said...

No doubt that Alderson and Teibert have a bright future. When we're talking about volume and quality of young Canadian players, the Whitecaps compare favourably with TFC.

Where they lose out, if we're measuring Canadian content, is their lack of minute-eating vets like Dunfield or de Guzman.