Sunday, April 12, 2009

OTFATT 2009: Update #1

OTFATT is short for "On the field, all the time." In these updates throughout the season, I'll be keeping track of which MLS players have played every minute of every game (regular season only). That feat has been accomplished 35 times in 13 season by 28 different players. Click here for that list.

We started out with 165 players this year (15 x 11), and four weeks in already we've lost over half. The intriguing thing about this season's "contest" is that goalkeepers are dropping like flies. I don't know if I've ever seen so many hurt in such a short period of time. Already, eight teams have used more than one keeper.

One keeper who's still standing tall is Kevin Hartman. Last year he became the 5th player to play every minute for two consecutive seasons. No one's done it three straight years, so doing it again this year would be a remarkable feat. The other five survivors from last season are still alive as well.

There are three rookies remaining: Darrius Barnes, Omar Gonzalez, and Chris Pontius. Other than them, I would say the most surprising players left are Tim Ward and Josh Tudela.

Remaining Candidates (68)

4 CHI Busch, McBride, Pause, Ward
5 CHV Bornstein, Marsch, Talley, Thomas, Thornton
3 CLB Carroll, Hesmer, O'Rourke
4 COL Clark, Cummings, Harvey, Ihemelu
3 DAL Ferreira, Moor, van den Bergh
5 DC Emilio, Jakovic, Namoff, Pontius, Simms
7 HOU Boswell, Cameron, Clark, Davis, Holden, Mulrooney, Onstad
3 KC Conrad, Hartman, Jewsbury
4 LA Donovan, Franklin, Gonzalez, Tudela
7 NE Barnes, Dube, Heaps, Joseph, Larentowicz, Mansally, Thompson
2 NY Angel, Richards
7 RSL Beckerman, Borchers, Johnson, Movsisyan, Olave, Rimando, Wingert
5 SEA Alonso, Evans, Hurtado, Marshall, Riley
5 SJ Cannon, Convey, Corrales, Garcia, Leitch
4 TOR Brennan, Harmse, Serioux, Wynne


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