Monday, March 29, 2010

MLS Rookies on Opening Day

16 rookies played in their team's opening game this season. How does that compare to years past?

By Year


Start Sub Total
1996 4 5 9
1997 3 3 6
1998 7 3 10
1999 3 2 5
2000 6 4 10
2001 7 2 9
2002 2 3 5
2003 6 3 9
2004 2 4 6
2005 7 9 16
2006 9 6 15
2007 8 5 13
2008 6 9 15
2009 9 7 16
2010 7 9 16




Totals 86 74 160


By Team

(all time)


Start Sub Total
CHI 2 8 10
CHV 5 4 9
CLB 3 12 15
COL 10 3 13
DAL 0 4 4
DC 7 6 13
HOU 0 1 1
KC 8 5
13
LA 7 9 16
MIA 2 0 2
NE 10 7 17
NY 14 5 19
PHI 2 2 4
RSL 1 4 5
SEA 0 1
1
SJ 6 3 9
TB 5 1 6
TOR 4 0 4


  • Philadelphia had four rookies see action this season. Only two other teams have done that: CHV 2006 and COL 2000.
  • Dallas has never had a rookie start on opening day in 15 years of existence.
  • Under Steve Nicol, New England has seen a rookie play on opening day for every season. That's eight straight years, 2003-10. The second longest streak is tied by several teams at six years: CLB 2004-09, COL 2000-05, KC 2005-10, and LA 2005-10.
  • Only four teams have started three rookies in the first game: COL 2000, NY 2003, CHV 2006, and NE 2007. I'll be interested to see if Bob Bradley can do it for a third straight time with a new team if (when) he comes back to MLS.
  • The odds are that the 2010 Rookie of the Year played this past weekend. In 14 previous seasons, the winner played on opening day 10 times (28/42 nominees).
  • The winners who didn't? Carlos Bocanegra, Rodrigo Faria, Maurice Edu, and Sean Franklin. All had played by the team's 5th team.
  • In fact, no player since Santino Quaranta in 2001 has debuted later than his team's third game and managed to be a ROTY finalist.


Opening Day Rookie List

  • Note: For the early years, it's possible that I may have overlooked a player or two. Please inform me of any mistakes.
  • I know Cesar Delgado (1999) may have been a rookie, but I don't have concrete information on that.
  • Mike Duhaney (1997) wasn't technically a rookie, as he was on the roster without playing the previous year due to injury. But since he somehow was eligible and won the ROTY award, he's counted below.
  • Also, I'm missing the time for Aleskey Korol's substitution in the first game of 2000 (and the other subs in that game - CHI vs DAL). I could figure them out by taking the total minutes played for the season and going through every game and subtracting...maybe later.
2010

Team Player Role Min
COL Ross LaBauex sub 13
DAL Eric Alexander sub 35
DC Andy Najar start 45
KC Korede Aiyegbusi sub 10
KC Teal Bunbury sub 23
LA Michael Stevens sub 10
NE Seth Sinovic start 90
NE Zach Schilawski start 90
NE Zak Boggs sub 32
NY Tim Ream start 90
NY Toni Tchani sub 1
PHI Amobi Okugo sub 19
PHI Danny Mwanga start 45
PHI Jack McInerney sub 12
PHI Toni Stahl start 40
SJ Ike Opara start 90

2009

Team Player Role Min
CHV Michael Lahoud sub 36
CLB Alex Grendi sub 45
DC Chris Pontius start 90
DC Rodney Wallace start 90
KC Graham Zusi start 62
LA A.J. DeLaGarza start 90
LA Omar Gonzalez start 90
LA Kyle Patterson sub 10
NE Darrius Barnes start 90
NE Kevin Alston start 89
NY Jeremy Hall sub 56
RSL Jean Alexandre sub 2
RSL Raphael Cox sub 7
SEA Steve Zakuani sub 22
SJ Quincy Amarikwa sub 33
TOR Stefan Frei start 90
TOR Sam Cronin start 90

2008

Team Player Role Min
CHI Stephen King sub 36
CHV Justin Braun sub 17
CLB Andy Iro sub 1
COL Cieran O'Brien sub 19
DC Dan Stratford sub 8
HOU Geoff Cameron sub 4
KC Jon Leathers start 90
LA Ely Allen start 45
LA Michael Gavin start 67
LA Brandon McDonald sub 45
NE Kheli Dube sub 9
NY Danleigh Borman sub 45
NY Luke Sassano start 90
SJ Shea Salinas start 57
TOR Brian Edwards start 90

2007

Team Player Role Min
CHV John Cunliffe sub 5
CLB Brad Evans sub 2
KC Michael Harrington start 90
KC Kurt Morsink sub 2
KC Aaron Hohlbein start 90
LA Robbie Findley sub 30
LA Ty Harden start 90
NE Adam Cristman start 71
NE Gary Flood start 80
NE Wells Thompson start 90
NY Dane Richards start 84
NY Sinisa Ubiparipovic sub 6
TOR Andrew Boyens start 90

2006

Team Player Role Min
CHI Calen Carr sub 11
CHI Floyd Franks sub 1
CHV Lawson Vaughn start 90
CHV Jonathan Bornstein start 90
CHV Sacha Kljestan start 90
CHV Drew Helm sub 2
CLB Brandon Moss start 90
CLB Jason Garey sub 18
CLB Kei Kamara start 90
KC Matt Groenwald start 90
LA Nathan Sturgis start 71
NE Kyle Brown sub 7
NY Marvell Wynne start 90
RSL Mehdi Ballouchy start 73
RSL Ryan Johnson sub 17

2005

Team Player Role Min
CHI Chris Rolfe sub 24
CHI Chad Barrett sub 10
CHV Brad Guzan start 90
CHV Aaron Lopez start 74
CLB Ryan Kelly sub 3
CLB Domenic Mediate sub 13
CLB Knox Cameron sub 2
COL Hunter Freeman start 90
COL Guy Melamed start 90
DC Bobby Boswell start 90
KC Scott Sealy sub 9
LA Mubariki Chisoni sub 45
NE Michael Parkhurst start 90
NE James Riley sub 34
RSL Luke Kreamalmeyer sub 18
SJ Danny O'Rourke start 90

2004

Team Player Role Min
CLB Jamal Sutton sub 5
COL Gary Sullivan start 90
DC Freddy Adu sub 29
DC Josh Gros sub 5
NE Clint Dempsey sub 6
NY Jeff Parke start 90

2003

Team Player Role Min
CHI Nate Jaqua sub 2
CHI Damani Ralph sub 15
COL Matt Crawford start 45
COL Casey Schmidt start 90
NE Pat Noonan sub 8
NY Jacob LeBlanc start 90
NY Ricardo Clark start 90
NY Mike Magee start 90
SJ Todd Dunivant start 90

2002

Team Player Role Min
CHI Kelly Gray sub 15
CLB Kyle Martino sub 3
COL Jeff Stewart start 100
LA Gavin Glinton sub 2
NY Sam Forko start 90

2001

Team Player Role Min
CLB Edson Buddle start 72
COL Stephen Herdsman start 74
DC Craig Ziadie start 90
DC Ryan Nelsen start 90
DC Mark Lisi sub 10
LA Brian Ching start 45
TB Craig Demmin start 90
TB Ali Curtis start 84
TB Devin Barclay sub 6

2000

Team Player Role Min
CLB Dominic Schell sub 3
COL Adin Brown start 90
COL Lance Key start 90
COL Alan Woods sub 5
COL Jeff DiMaria start 85
DAL Aleksey Korol sub ??
DC Bobby Convey sub 15
KC Nick Garcia start 90
NE Rusty Pierce start 100
NY Steve Shak start 90

1999

Team Player Role Min
DAL Paul Broome sub 25
MIA Jay Heaps start 90
SJ Richard Mulrooney sub 6
SJ Jamie Clark start 90
SJ Scott Bower start 84

1998

Team Player Role Min
CHI Ritchie Kotschau start 90
CHI Tony Kuhn start 74
DC Carey Talley start 45
DC Ben Olsen sub 45
KC Chris Klein start 88
LA Clint Mathis sub 36
LA Joe Franchino sub 17
MIA Leo Cullen start 90
NE Johnny Torres start 86
TB Josh Keller start 45

1997

Team Player Role Min
DAL Temoc Suarez sub 29
LA Steve Jolley sub 45
NE Steve Klein sub 1
NY Andrew Lewis start 90
NY Carlos Parra start 90
TB Mike Duhaney start 90

1996

Team Player Role Min
CLB Mac Cozier sub 12
CLB Brian Maisonneuve sub 18
KC Matt McKeon start 90
KC Diego Gutierrez sub 7
NY Miles Joseph sub 32
NY Damian Silvera start 90
NY A.J. Wood start 65
SJ Eddie Lewis sub 1
TB Steve Ralston start 90

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Comments on "MLS Rookies on Opening Day"

 

Blogger Agent To The Fans said ... (2:44 PM, March 29, 2010) : 

Opara looked pretty good on Saturday, hopefully he can mesh with that back line and have a great rookie campaign...

 

Blogger Alex Larsen said ... (1:28 PM, March 30, 2010) : 

Looking at some of last year's defensive rookies (Gonzalez, Alston, Barnes, DeLaGarza) I see some national team potential. What do you guys think?

 

Blogger UtahGamer said ... (10:43 AM, April 03, 2010) : 

It is no surprise, probably, that the number of rookies playing on opening day is highly correlated with league expansion. The point-biserial correlation of number of opening day playing rookies with the season being expansion or not is 0.74. The Pearson correlation of number of rookies with the degree of expansion (and contraction) measured by number of teams is 0.65.

 

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