|Yeah, it's that time again. OTFATT is short for "On the field, all the time." In this post and subsequent updates throughout the season, I'll be keeping track of which MLS players have played every minute of every game (regular season only). This feat has only been accomplished 26 times in 11 seasons. It's interesting to follow because the players who do it have to be good, but not so good that they miss time with the national team. They also have to be fit and injury free.|
Last year two goalkeepers did it, Pat Onstad and Matt Reis. Despite that, only 11 of 26 all time have been keepers. Onstad is actually into his third straight season without missing a minute. I doubt he'll make it again this year due to his age and his earlier injury.
There are 13 teams in MLS, and with 11 starters, that makes a total of 143 guys who are eligible. After week two, we're down to 90. Dallas looks to be the first team to be completely eliminated, although Drew Moor could last a while. Last year, Kyle Beckerman was the last field player before being eliminated in August. He's unlikely to last that long this year due to USMNT duty. Some of the field players most likely to do it IMO would be Dunivant, Heaps, Klein, Mulrooney, and Zavagnin. Hartman seems like the biggest lock among keepers, due to the lack of a quality backup and the others possibly missing time.
Remaining Candidates (90)
1996~2006: Played Every Minute
2006-Pat Onstad, Matt Reis
2005-Todd Dunivant, Simon Elliot, Pat Onstad, Bo Oshoniyi, Michael Parkhurst
2004-Joe Cannon, Jim Curtin, Richard Mulrooney, Steve Ralston
2001-*Scott Garlick, Tim Howard, Steve Jolley, Zach Thornton, Kerry Zavagnin
2000-Joseph Addo, Nick Garcia, Scott Garlick, Peter Vermes
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 both teams.