Tuesday, November 27, 2007

2007 Player Debuts

Updating last year's post, here's a look at the guys who made their MLS debut this year. There were 113 of them this year, the third highest total ever. That brings the total to 1,119 players who have played a competitive game for an MLS team.

Debuts By Year

1996 241
1997 80
1998 93
1999 62
2000 75
2001 63
2002 54
2003 68
2004 63
2005 120
2006 87
2007 113


Total 1,119

No surprise that the three expansion years rank 1-2-3 after the first season, and that post-contraction saw the lowest total of new players.


Non-Regular Season Players

Of the 1,119, a total of 22 have not played in an MLS regular season game. One of those played in the playoffs (McKinley Tennyson) but almost all the others played in the Open Cup. This list has expanded greatly this eason due to MLS teams sending out more reserves (and playing for it), and fully half of that 22 are from the past year only. For example, the Houston Dynamo sent out five players to play at Charleston who didn't get in another match.


Talent Breakdown

Which of the new players were foreigners and which were rookies? I'm planning to go back and list both for each season so the foreign talent added can easily be compared. However, it's not that simple. There's also a third category: players who were on MLS rosters the previous year but didn't get playing time. They aren't officially considered rookies. And what about the case of players who come from the USL? Rather than worry about all that, I'm just going to break it down into two categories: Drafted & Outside.

This is the new MLS talent for 2007:

Drafted

1 Ashe, Corey 2007 SD
2 Banner, Mike 2007 SD
3 Boyens, Andrew 2007 SD
4 Burse, Ray 2006 SD
5 Byrne, Bryan 2007 SD
6 Caccavale, Sal 2007 Supp
7 Chabala, Mike 2006 SD
8 Colaluca, Nico 2007 SD
9 Cristman, Adam 2007 SD
10 Cummings, Omar 2007 SD
11 Cunliffe, John 2007 SD
12 Curtin, Jeff 2006 SD
13 Dello-Russo, Michael 2006 SD
14 Edu, Maurico 2007 SD
15 Evans, Brad 2007 SD
16 Findley, Robbie 2007 SD
17 Flood, Gary 2007 Supp
18 Hamilton, Anthony 2007 Supp
19 Harden, Ty 2007 SD
20 Harrington, Michael 2007 SD
21 Harvey, Jordan 2006 Supp
22 Hashimoto, Duke 2006 SD
23 Hatzke, Nick 2007 Supp
24 Hayden, John Michael 2007 SD
25 Helton, Kyle 2007 SD
26 Hemming, Tyler 2007 Supp
27 Hohlbein, Aaron 2007 Supp
28 Junge, Ryan 2007 Supp
29 Kimura, Kosuke 2007 Supp
30 Kirby, Dustin 2007 Supp
31 Kpene, Guy-Roland 2007 Supp
32 LaBrocca, Nick 2007 SD
33 Loftus, Chris 2007 Supp
34 Moloi, Mpho 2006 Supp
35 Monteiro, Jerson 2007 SD
36 Morsink, Kurt 2007 SD
37 North, Brad 2007 SD
38 Richards, Dane 2007 SD
39 Russolillo, Jordan 2006 SD
40 Seitz, Chris 2007 SD
41 Solorzano, Erasmo 2007 Supp
42 Soumare, Bakary 2007 SD
43 Telesford, Osei 2007 Supp
44 Thompson, Wells 2007 SD
45 Tudela, Josh 2007 SD
46 Ubiparipovic, Sinisa 2007 SD
47 Ustruck, Erik 2007 Supp
48 Wagner, Blake 2006 SD
49 Wallace, Anthony 2007 SD
50 Zayner, Jed 2006 SD

So all the 2006 players here aren't considered rookies for this past season. Only 27/52 Superdraft picks played this year, including 11/13 in the first round. Arguez and Igwe were the two that didn't. However, that's a lot better that the Supplemental draft: only 14/52 played.

Stephen Keel was signed in 2005 and waited almost two full years to make his debut for the Rapids; that has to be an MLS record. He did play on loan for Seattle, though.


Outside

1 Addlery, Nicholas
2 Angel, Juan Pablo
3 Beckham, David
4 Blanco, Cuauhtemoc
5 Braz, Adam
6 Brennan, Jim
7 Brown, Roberto
8 Canizalez, Miguel
9 Casey, Conor
10 Caso, Mike
11 Colombano, Eloy
12 Conde, Wilman
13 Denilson
14 Dichio, Danny
15 Djekanovic, Srdjan
16 Doe, Francis
17 Emilio, Luciano
18 Espindola, Fabian
19 Flores, Jorge (2)
20 Fred
21 Gala, Gabe
22 Galindo, Maykel
23 Harmse, Kevin
24 Keel, Stephen
25 Kipre, Jean-Martial
26 Lancos, Chris
27 Lombardo, Andrea
28 Mansally, Abdoulie
29 Mantilla, Matias
30 Marinelli, Carlos
31 Melo, Joey
32 Menezes, Bruno
33 Merlin, Laurent
34 Moffat, Adam
35 Monsalve, David
36 Morales, Javier
37 Mupier, Mira
38 Nyassi, Sainey
39 Oka, Arsene
40 Oliveira, Willian
41 Osorno, Daniel
42 Pavon, Carlos
43 Peterson, Andrew
44 Pozniak, Chris
45 Randolph, Mike
46 Reda, Marco
47 Reyna, Claudio
48 Reynolds, Sam
49 Ricardinho
50 Ricchetti, Pablo
51 Robinson, Carl
52 Rogers, Robbie
53 Samuel, Collin
54 Schelotto, Guillermo Barros
55 Sesay, Israel
56 Stamatopoulos, Kenny
57 Tejada, Luis
58 Toja, Juan
59 Wanchope, Paulo
60 Waterreus, Ronald
61 Welsh, Andy
62 Xavier, Abel
63 Yinka Casal, Kasali

Obviously, all these players aren't foreign, and a couple of them are even rookies. The rookies would include Flores and Sesay, and several of the others, especially the Canadians. Interesting note about Flores: it's the second time in MLS history that the same name has been used by two players. There was a Jorge Flores who played for Dallas from 1996-8. The other name is Chris Brown, the less famous version only played one game for Dallas in 1998 (although he was actually Chris Brown #1).

Regarding foreign talent, obviously it's better than ever before. The post contraction years meant only a handful of new talent arrived each year. But this year, I would say the top ten foreigners would beat out any other year except maybe the first. Just imagine if every one had lived up to their potential! 2000 was pretty good too (Stoitchkov, Molnar, Matthaus, Valencia, Diallo), the first year of Garber's reign.

Anyway, of these 63 "outsiders," 16 come from South America vs 8 from Europe. There's also 8 from Africa and 20 from CONCACAF, not including 11 Americans. Other than Canada, the biggest nationality was Argentina (7) followed by Brazil (6), after that 3 apiece by Colombia and England.

Comments on "2007 Player Debuts"

 

Blogger D.H. Phang said ... (6:59 PM, November 29, 2007) : 

This year's foreign talent is definitely the best so far. I think Angel has had the biggest impact on the field and he is the best pure striker this league has ever had. He will be a great model for future soccer players.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:43 PM, December 01, 2007) : 

weren't there two chris brown's on colorado this year, so three total?

 

Blogger scaryice said ... (1:02 AM, December 04, 2007) : 

Uh, there were no Chris Brown's on the Rapids. There were two Browns on RSL, Chris and Kyle, and a Roberto on the Rapids. Actually, C.J. Brown of the Fire is a Chris too, IIRC.

 

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