Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OTFATT 2010: 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 39 times in 14 seasons by 29 different players. Click here for the complete list.

A month into the season, and out of the 176 opening day starters, 66 remain. It's interesting that only two teams have had to use a second goalkeeper so far. Last year at this time, 8/14 teams had already used multiple keepers, as they seemed to be dropping like flies. For 2010, we're probably going to see a more normal number of them on the list as the weeks go on.

Two rookies remain, both center backs: Ike Opara and Tim Ream. An article suggests that Opara could miss this week's match due to conflicts with finishing his degree, we'll see. At least that's a more valid reason than attending prom (Jozy Altidore) or your sister's wedding (Mark Lisi).

The only players left who've played every minute before are Joe Cannon, Todd Dunivant, Nick Rimando, and Pat Onstad. I also should mention that due to Kevin Hartman's new status as a backup, his three season record streak of playing every regular season minute ended. That may take a really long time to break.

Who do I like the most to survive this year? Among field players, given the past New England players to make it, Cory Gibbs seems to have a decent shot. Others that stand out are Nana Attakora, Omar Gonzalez, Drew Moor, and Ream.

BTW,'s stats are still ridiculously messed up - notice any players missing on the KC stats page, for example? They're not the only team, either. The site is still a joke.

Remaining Candidates (66)

2 CHI Brown, Dykstra
4 CHV Bornstein, Kljestan, Trujillo, Umana
6 CLB Barros Schelotto, Carroll, Hesmer, Iro, Moffat, O'Rourke
6 COL Casey, Cummings, Larentowicz, Moor, Pickens, Wynne
5 DAL Cunningham, Ferreira, Harris, Hernandez, John
4 DC Morsink, Perkins, Quaranta, Wallace
3 HOU Chabala, Hainault, Onstad
4 KC Arnaud, Auvray, Harrington, Nielsen
4 LA Donovan, Dunivant, Gonzalez, Ricketts
3 NE Burpo, Gibbs, Niouky
6 NY Angel, Coundoul, Hall, Lindpere, Petke, Ream
4 PHI Harvey, Le Toux, Orozco, Seitz
4 RSL Beckerman, Olave, Rimando, Russell
4 SEA Alonso, Hurtado, Keller, Marshall
4 SJ Cannon, Corrales, Hernandez, Opara
3 TOR Attakora, De Rosario, Frei


Comments on "OTFATT 2010: Update #1"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 AM, April 21, 2010) : 

Over in England, Friedel recently played every minute of every game for four straight seasons (2004-05 through 2007-08). If he can do that in a 38-game season, then it shouldn't take too long for someone to do it in MLS.


Blogger ERic said ... (11:14 AM, April 21, 2010) : 

It seems to me like the lists are pretty darn short for this early in the season. How does this stack up compared to previous years?


Blogger scaryice said ... (6:27 AM, April 22, 2010) : 

@ Anonymous - I thought of Friedel while writing this. In MLS you have a lot more issues like national team callups, lack of importance for every regular season game, and more. It took 14 years for someone to have a 3 year streak. I'll be surprised if someone has a 4 year streak in the next decade.

@ Eric - Pretty much the same as last year (38% vs 41% of players left). I don't see any big difference. If the last couple years are any indication, we should be hitting 25 left sometime in June.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 AM, April 22, 2010) : 

MLS's history is weird. Across the league's first four years, there were 44 total team-seasons, and there wasn't a single OTFATT keeper. In the past two seasons, 7 of 29 teams had one (24%).

I'd bet MLS's future will be more like the past couple of years. This year in England, it looks like six keepers have been OTFATT (30%), including Friedel and Howard.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM, April 22, 2010) : 

wouldn't you say it's much easier for a keeper to do this feat? i would certainly have more respect for the forward, midfielder, or defender that pulled this off.


Blogger scaryice said ... (6:25 PM, April 24, 2010) : 

Definitely easier for a keeper, and I expect to see more and more of an all time advantage over field players as the years go on.


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