Sunday, July 03, 2005

On the field, all the time

I keep track of a lot of MLS stats, usually on the Statistics & Analysis forum on Bigsoccer, and one thing I've been doing this year is figuring out which players have played every minute for their teams, in the regular season. Every week I then eliminate guys from the list, sort of my own version of Survivor. Over the course of nine MLS seasons, this feat has been accomplished only 19 times.

Played Every Minute

2004-Joe Cannon, Jim Curtin, Richard Mulrooney, Steve Ralston
2003-Tony Meola
2002-Nick Rimando
2001-*Scott Garlick, Tim Howard, Steve Jolley, Zach Thornton, Kerry Zavagnin
2000-Joseph Addo, Nick Garcia, Scott Garlick, Peter Vermes
1999-Peter Vermes
1997-Mike Burns
1996-Preki, Steve Trittschuh

* Scott Garlick was traded from Tampa Bay to Colorado, and I believe he played every minute that he was available for between both teams.

Here is the list for this year, with only 17 players remaining:

2005 Candidates

CHV-Ezra Hendrickson
CLB-Simon Elliot
COL-Nat Borchers, Joe Cannon
DAL-Scott Garlick
DC-Bobby Boswell
KC-Nick Garcia, Bo Oshoniyi
LA-Todd Dunivant, Kevin Hartman
MET-Amado Guevara, Chris Leitch, Zach Wells
NE-Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Matt Reis
SJ-Pat Onstad

RSL-none (first team eliminated, last guy was Jason Kreis)
CHI-none (last guy was Ivan Guerrero)

Due to the MLS policy of playing during international games, the key is being a good player, but not too good. Obviously, goalkeepers have a better shot too. Michael Parkhurst is a guy who has a great chance of making it, as he's been good, and the Revs don't have much in the way of backups. Of the field players, he's my pick to make it. Amado Guevara will miss Monday's match due to yellow cards, and Matt Reis will probably be eliminated due to national team duty.

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