Monday, March 05, 2012

Tracking Canadian content in 2012

With Toronto FC only two days away from their first competitive match of the season, and with the Whitecaps and Impact getting things under way on the weekend, it is as good a time as any to remind my readers that I'll by tracking Canadian content again in 2012.

As in previous seasons, this blog will be publishing a ranking of the on-field Canadian content of Canada's pro teams.

Shortly after each match day, the sidebar should feature an updated listing of the teams ranked by their percentage of minutes played by Canadian players. If you click on details, you'll be taken to a Google Docs spreadsheet with a match-by-match breakdown for each team, listing the players to take the field and their individual minutes played.

Followed me (@o_o_t) on twitter for weekly updates of Canadian content if you can't be bothered to check in regularly here. I'll also be publishing a few mid-term grades and an end of year report.

While you're waiting for Wednesday's big match, you can check in with some previous tallies:
  • 2011 (FC Edmonton highest with 77.3%)
  • 2010 (Montreal, 35.4%)
  • 2009 (Vancouver, 42.1%)
  • 2008 (Vancouver, 56.4%)

Expect FC Edmonton, who play a tier down from the three MLS teams, to be the runaway leaders in this category again in 2012. But the battle between the other three teams will be interesting; I'd expect TFC to come out on top.

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