Monday, March 10, 2014

Tracking Canadian content in 2014

For the nth consecutive year, I'm tracking the percentage of total minutes played by Canadian players for each of the countries now 5 professional teams, with Ottawa Fury making their debut in 2014. The tracking takes the form of a Google spreadsheet with a game-by-game participation of Canadian players, and occasional tweets giving an updated Canadian content table. A summary of the data appears in the right-hand sidebar when viewing the blog.

If you're a bit thick, or not spreadsheet-inclined, here's a snapshot from Toronto FC, last year's most Canadian MLS side.



The spreadsheet includes:
  1. Canadian content details, including individual players, for each match, and a link the official match report. Note not all matches will have total minutes played of 990 due to sendings off.
  2. Matches are by competition-type, which can include: regular season (NASL and MLS), Voyageurs Cup, Champions League, and (god willing!) playoffs. Friendlies (pre-season, mid-season or other) are not included. Matches from the most recently begun competition will appear at the top.
  3. A totals summary for all competitions. The team's overall rating is a simple bit of math: (totalMinsByCdnPlayers/totalMinsByAllPlayers*100)

As is often the case, some might debate which players ought to be considered Canadian. My rule of thumb is that players ought to be eligible to play for a Canadian national team. NASL rosters are still in flux, but these are the players for Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver on their official rosters.

Toronto: Kyle Bekker, Dwayne De Rosario, Jordan Hamilton, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Jonathan Osorio, Quillan Roberts

Vancouver: Sam Adekugbe, Bryce Alderson, Marco Carducci, Russell Teibert

Montreal: Patrice Bernier, Maxime Crepeau, Zakaria Messoudi, Karl W. Ouimette, Maxim Tissot

If you would like to debate nationalities, proceed to the comments section of this post. I am aware that Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal) could potentiality obtain Canadian citizenship and become eligible for national team participation shortly.

Past editions (final summaries): 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

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