2013 Rookie Watch: Rookie Minutes By Team

2013 Rookie Watch: Rookie Minutes By Team

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 27, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Rookie Watch, 2013 Week 26, Features
Scott Caldwell is another Homegrown gaining plenty of minutes this season. (Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports)

Scott Caldwell is another Homegrown gaining plenty of minutes this season. (Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports)

While the previous week in Major League Soccer was yet another solid one for the 2013 rookie crop, I thought I would take a step back and look at how minutes by rookies are translating into team success this season.

There are a handful of teams in MLS that have yet to really break a rookie through this season. Depth reasons or just the fact that the rookie they draft didn’t pan out could be the reasons for it. Other clubs have seen plenty of success with their rookies this season, both from the Homegrown department and from the SuperDraft. 

Here are the clubs with the most rookie minutes this season^:

New England – 3,545 (Scott Caldwell + Andrew Farrell + Donnie Smith)
Colorado – 2,753 (Deshorn Brown + Dillion Powers)
LA – 2,072 (Gyasi Zardes + Charlie Rugg + Greg Cochrane)
Seattle – 1,735 (DeAndre Yedlin + Eriq Zavaleta)
RSL – 1,728 (Carlos Salcedo + Devon Sandoval + John Stertzer)
Columbus – 1,670 (Chad Barson + Wil Trapp + Ryan Finley)

Here are the clubs with the fewest rookie minutes this season^:

Kansas City – 0
Portland – 0
New York – 7
Chicago – 55
Houston – 178
Philadelphia – 267

^ As of August 27

Pretty interesting to see that the top minutes and bottom minutes haven’t really impacted a ton in terms of the playoff race this year. All 12 clubs listed are still in contention right now to reach the playoffs, though you could argue that Columbus’ chances are pretty slim right now. All bottom clubs in MLS (DC, Chivas, Toronto, SJ if you want to throw them in there) are in the middle of the road in terms of rookie minutes for the year. Five out of the top six teams in terms of number of minutes played by rookies this year are up there because of their Homegrown players. Colorado is the only team listed in that group that does not have a HGP rookie for this year gobbling up minutes like Brown and Powers are.

Homegrown rookies have played a little over 9,200 minutes this season. Their SuperDraft counterparts (not including Supplemental picks in this count) have played just over 11,000 minutes. Obviously the difference there is the number of players. Homegrown players are starting to really make their marks bigger on the league here, I’d say even more so than their SuperDraft counterparts.

Here is how the rest of the rookies did in Week 26.

Week 26 Minutes:

180 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
180 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas USA) – 1 assist
90 Andrew Farrell (New England)
90 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle)
90 Wil Trapp (Columbus)
90 Chad Barson (Columbus)
90 Scott Caldwell (New England) – 1 assist
90 Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake)
90 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
81 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake) – 1 goal
45 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver)
34 Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC)
10 Jason Johnson (Houston)

*Made MLS Debut

Total minutes for the season:

Homegrown Players:

DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) 1,720 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist
Scott Caldwell (New England) 1,489 minutes, 2 assists
Armando Moreno (New York) 2 minutes
Jonathan Osorio (Toronto) 1,157 minutes, 5 goals
London Woodberry (FC Dallas) 333 minutes
Maxim Tissot (Montreal) 92 minutes
Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal) 36 minutes
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 1,276 minutes – 3 goals
Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake) 991 minutes
Chad Barson (Columbus) 998 minutes
Wil Trapp (Columbus) 630 minutes – 1 assist
Bradlee Baladez (FC Dallas) 27 minutes
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) 360 minutes
Collin Martin (DC United) 90 minutes
Michael Seaton (DC United) 13 minutes

SuperDraft picks:

#1 Andrew Farrell (New England) 2,003 minutes 1 assist
#2 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas) 1,566, 1 goal, 1 assist
#3 Kyle Bekker (Toronto  FC) 123 minutes
#4 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver) 384 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist
#5 Erik Hurtado (Vancouver) 437 minutes, 1 assist
#6 Deshorn Brown (Colorado) 1,805 minutes, 5 goals, 3 assists
#7 Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) 231 minutes – 2 goals
#8 Blake Smith (Montreal) 228 minutes – 2 goals
#9 Ryan Finley (Columbus) 42 minutes
#10 Eriq Zavaleta (Seattle) 15 minutes
#11 Dillon Powers (Colorado) 1,948 minutes, 4 goal, 5 assists
#12 John Stertzer (Real Salt Lake) 33 minutes
#13 Jason Johnson (Houston) 178 minutes
#16 Emery Welshman (Toronto FC) 5 minutes
#17 Taylor Kemp (DC United) 449 minutes
#19 Charlie Rugg (LA Galaxy) 128 minutes, 1 goal
#21 Donnie Smith (New England) 53 minutes
#29 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake) 704 minutes – 2 goals
#30 Yazid Atouba (Chicago Fire) 55 minutes
#38 Greg Cochrane (LA Galaxy) 668 minutes

Supplemental Picks:

Adam Jahn (San Jose) 935 minutes, 4 goals
Taylor Morgan (Toronto FC) 15 minutes
Leonardo Fernandes (Philadelphia) 267 minute
Michael Bustamante (New York) 5 minutes