OTFATT 2008: Update #2
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 been accomplished a total of 29 times in 12 seasons. Click here for the full list of survivors.
We've lost 28 players in the past month, leaving us with 40 survivors. Last year, we were at 41 in the same week, so that's pretty consistent (although there is one more team this season, and the season started a week earlier). Every team currently has at least one player left, too.
Of course, national team duty will knock many players off. I'd expect about ten players to get eliminated because of that next month. No rookies left, but there are several attacking players which if history is any guide, won't be there for long. 11 keepers remain. We should start to see the first suspensions for yellow card accumulation in the next month, which makes this 'contest' very interesting.
Most surprising player remaining probably would go to Marco Velez, who wasn't expected to start for Toronto. The injury to Julius James opened up a spot for him, and he's ran with it. Kei Kamara is another guy I wouldn't have expected to be here. I suppose they don't really have many other options, but it's not as if he's so good that he can't be subbed. Also interesting to see the Crew with over half their lineup here. Obviously things are working for them.
Remaining Candidates (40)