Yet the big picture is little changed. Canadian players continue to be the minority, and in most cases an insignificant one, on their respective teams, as this year's final data will illustrate.
Before taking a look at the teams individually, here is a year-over-year snapshot comparison with 2013's data.
The increased total Canadian minutes and percentage of minutes played by Canadians were up significantly. Nearly all of the increase can be attributed to the addition of a new team, Ottawa Fury, and an extra round added to the Canadian Championship, which has been established as a proving ground for the MLS team's young Canadian players.
On a team-by-team basis, Edmonton saw a small drop from its 2013 Canadian numbers, while Toronto held steady and Vancouver and Montreal were both up slightly.
Ottawa entered NASL and had what has to be considered a successful season for an expansion team. Attendance numbers were decent, and took a nice bump after the move into the new stadium. They were never really in the playoff picture but were competitive in most matches.
Their Canadian contingent illustrated the usefulness of NASL teams: a young-ish bunch, mostly past prospect age, but too young to give up on the game. Drew Beckie (24), Mason Trafford (28), Pierre-Rudolph Mayard (26) and Carl Haworth (25) were among the biggest contributors, and one-time Whitecap Philippe Davies (24) also saw some minutes.
Edmonton had a more competitive season than in 2013, and also saw a decrease in the share of minutes awarded to Canadians, with the departure of Shaun Saiko. Significant Canadian contributions came from keeper John Smits, Edson Edward, Michael Nonni and the promising Hanson Boakai. Veteran striker Frank Jonke lost his starting spot in mid-season.
Among the MLS teams, the Canadian content was largely on the younger side, with Vancouver fielding a steady dose of Russell Teibert and promising cameos from Sam Adekugbe and Kianz Froese (and a few more in the Voyageurs Cup). Toronto's Canadian regulars (Doneil Henry, Jonathan Osorio and Kyle Bekker) are all on the right side of 25. Montreal saw contributions from Karl Ouimette and Max Tissot as well as a clutch of hyphenated youngsters, as well as veteran Patrice Bernier, when healthy. Issey Nakajima-Farran saw some time with both Toronto and Montreal.
|NASL Regular Season||8250||26659||30.9%|
|MLS Regular Season||7221||26614||27.1%|
|MLS Regular Season||5876||33613||17.5%|
|MLS Regular Season||4358||33511||13.0%|
|CONCACAF Champions League||423||2935||14.4%|
|MLS Regular Season||2209||33626||6.6%|
For comparison's sake, here are the end-of-year reports going back to 2009.
- 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%)