Saturday, November 21, 2015

Canadian content in 2015: Final numbers

All of Canada's professional teams could make the case that their 2015 season was a successful one. FC Edmonton gave a creditable performance in the Voyageurs Cup for the second year running. Toronto advanced to the MLS playoffs for the first time in its history. Vancouver and Montreal each won a playoff round, with Montreal also completing a run to the CONCACAF Champions League final this spring, and Vancouver taking its first Canadian Championship this summer. Ottawa, in only its second season of existence, went on extended unbeaten and clean-sheet runs on its way to an NASL final loss to New York.

If you are one to make the argument that part of the role of these teams is to bring along young Canadians to the point where they are able to play first team minutes then the year was less successful. All but Vancouver saw a decrease from their 2014 numbers, with Vancouver's additional minutes coming when they ran out a reserve side in some of their CCL matches.

The overall trend, year-over-year, has not been positive:

There was also a general decline over the course of this season, with Canadian minutes peaking during the early rounds of the Voyageurs Cup. Montreal's mid-season bump came when I re-classified Wandrille Lefevre's minutes as Canadian after he became a citizen:

In 2015, as in 2013, Edmonton fielded the most Canadians, by percentage of minutes played, with a less-than-creditable 28.1%. Montreal, despite Lefevre's conversion, brought up the rear, though all 3 MLS sides did little heavy lifting in this regard.

Here are the numbers by team:

NASL Regular Season84782955528.7%
Canadian Championship952396024.0%

NASL Regular Season76702970025.8%
Canadian Championship400198020.2%
NASL Postseason427228818.7%

MLS Regular Season40063354111.9%
Canadian Championship277198014.0%
MLS Playoffs709907.1%

MLS Regular Season2228335526.6%
Canadian Championship465396011.7%
CONCACAF Champions League961396024.3%
MLS Playoffs9019804.5%

MLS Regular Season2583335547.7%
CONCACAF Champions League15159402.5%
Canadian Championship710390018.2%
MLS Playoffs23733007.2%

You can view a match-by-match summary here.

For comparison's sake, here are the end-of-year reports going back to 2009.
  • 2014 (Ottawa 31.8%, Edmonton 29.1%, Toronto 19%, Montreal 13.4%, Vancouver 8%)
  • 2013 (Edmonton 37.3%, Toronto 18.4%, Montreal 10.2%, Vancouver 5.9%)
  • 2012 (Edmonton 59.8%, Toronto 25.5%, Montreal 6.5%, Vancouver 0.3%)
  • 2011 (Edmonton 77.3%, Montreal (NASL) 21.4%, Toronto 19.1%, Vancouver 5.8%)
  • 2010 (Montreal 35.4%, Vancouver (NASL) 34.0%, Toronto 32.8%)
  • 2009 (Vancouver 42.1%, Montreal 39.2%, Toronto 37.6%)
  • 2008 (Vancouver 56.4%, Montreal 44.8%, Toronto 22.1%)