Rarely is the question asked, 'Is our children getting playing time?': Supplemental players and how they fit in MLS

A.J. Soares: Mr. Supplemental Roster Player for having the most minutes of any player of his roster type.

Soccer By Ives reported yesterday that the Chicago Fire will announce next week that they have signed 17-year old Kellen Gulley as a Home Grown Player.  Gulley will become the second Home Grown Player in the history of the organization.  The first Home Grown Player was Victor Pineda who signed with Chicago on August 17, 2010.  Despite being on the team for over a year, Pineda remains unknown to most Fire fans because he has failed to even make a MLS Regular Season gameday 18 let alone sub or start in a match.  Gabriel Ferrari is a Fire player who has the same notoriety as Pineda and while Ferrari is not a Home Grown Player, he does sit on the Supplemental Roster with Victor.  Will Gulley play almost exclusively or only with the Reserves League team like Ferrari and Pineda?  How are other teams using their younger players now that the Major League Soccer rosters have expanded to 30 spots?  I've crunched the numbers and sorted them in several different ways after the break.

1. What are Supplemental Roster Players?

First things first, let's get the definition out of the way. Supplemental Roster Players are the players that take up roster spots No. 21 through No. 30 on MLS teams.  The 2011 MLS Roster Rules provide few specifics for these spots but HTIOT has recently obtained the list of Senior Rosters and Supplemental Rosters. This helps us break down some figures, speculate on some more rules about Supplemental Rosters and give a picture of how different MLS teams are utilizing these roster spots.  

 

2. Players Sorted by Team

The following is a chart of every player on a Supplemental Roster in Major League Soccer.  It is sorted by MLS team.  There might be a signing or a release gone missing but this is more or less the list. 

# Team Player Note Age
1 CBUS Duka, Diily Generation adidas 21
2 CBUS Anor, Bernardo International 23
3 CBUS Williams, Joshua   23
4 CBUS Grossman, Cole   22
5 CBUS Gehrig, Eric Reserve 23
6 CBUS Riggs, Alex Reserve 23
7 CBUS Sippola, Ben Reserve 22
8 CBUS Veeder, Corey Reserve 19
9 CBUS Prim, Santiago International 21
10 CBUS Horton, Aaron Home Grown Player 19
1 CHI Bone, Corben Generation adidas 22
2 CHI Johnson, Sean Generation adidas 22
3 CHI Ferrari, Gabriel   22
4 CHI Kinney, Steven   23
5 CHI Anibaba, Jalil   22
6 CHI Pantazapoulos, Pari Reserve 22
7 CHI Pineda, Victor Home Grown Player 18
8 CHI Dufty,Alec Reserve 24
9 CHI Barouch, Orr Reserve 19
1 CHV Valentin, Zarek Generation adidas 19
2 CHV Bowen, Tristan Generation adidas/Home Grown Player 20
3 CHV Gavin, Blair Generation adidas 22
4 CHV de la Fuente, Bryan Home Grown Player 19
5 CHV Zemanski, Ben   23
6 CHV Estupinan, Victor International 23
7 CHV Mayen, Gerson Reserve/On Loan 22
8 CHV Cortez, Chris Reserve 22
1 COL LaBeaux, Ross   22
2 COL Nane, Joseph International 24
3 COL Ceus, Steward   24
4 COL Amarikwa, Quincy   23
5 COL Armstrong, David Home Grown Player 19
6 COL Holody, Mike   24
7 COL Ababio, Eddie   23
8 COL Earls, Danny International 22
9 COL Emory, Stephen   21
10 COL Janniere, Josh International/Home Grown Player 18
1 DC Najar, Andy  Home Grown Player 18
2 DC Kitchen, Perry Generation adidas 19
3 DC Hamid, Bill Home Grown Player 20
4 DC White, Ethan Home Grown Player 20
5 DC Shanosky, Conor Home Grown Player/On Loan 19
6 DC King, Stephen   25
7 DC Korb, Christopher   23
1 FCD Lambo, Josh Generation adidas 20
2 FCD Marosevic, Peri Generation adidas 22
3 FCD Wiedeman, Andrew Generation adidas 21
4 FCD Luna, Ruben Home Grown Player/International 19
5 FCD Leyva, Bryan Home Grown Player 19
6 FCD Hernandez, Moises Home Grown Player 19
7 FCD Ulloa, Victor Home Grown Player 19
8 FCD Top, Jonathan Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
9 FCD Sanchez, Richard Home Grown Player 17
1 HOU Bruin, Will Generation adidas 21
2 HOU Cruz, Daniel Generation adidas 21
3 HOU Sarkodie, Kofi Generation adidas 20
4 HOU Dixon, Alex Home Grown Player 21
5 HOU Navas, Francisco Cobo Home Grown Player 19
6 HOU Newton, Evan Reserve/On Loan 23
7 HOU Soto, Josue Home Grown Player/Reserve 22
1 LA Perk, Brian   22
2 LA McBean, Jack Home Grown Player 16
3 LA Jordan, Bryan   25
4 LA Keat, Daniel International 23
5 LA Cardozo, Paolo International 22
6 LA Alvarado, Sean Reserve 23
7 LA Jimenz, Hector Reserve 22
8 LA McCarty, Dustin Reserve 22
9 LA Thomas, Ryan Reserve 22
1 NE Fagundez, Diego Home Grown Player/International 16
2 NE Loewy, Otto   24
3 NE McCarthy, Stephen   23
4 NE Murray, Tim   23
5 NE Soares, AJ   22
6 NE Koger, Alan   23
7 NE Kinne, Ryan   21
8 NE Sousa, Andrew Reserve 21
9 NE Guy, Ryan   25
1 NY Hertzog, Corey Generation adidas  20
2 NY Agudelo, Juan  Home Grown Player 18
3 NY Rooney, John International 20
4 NY Keel, Stephen   28
5 NY Horwath, Alex Reserve 24
6 NY Jones, Mychel Reserve 22
7 NY Lassiter, Tyler Reserve 22
8 NY Schneider, Teddy   22
9 NY Kassel, Matt Home Grown Player 21
10 NY Hot, Sacir Home Grown Player 20
1 PHI Mwanga, Danny Generation adidas 20
2 PHI Okugo, Amobi Generation adidas 20
3 PHI MacMath, Zac Generation adidas 19
4 PHI McInerney, Jack Generation adidas 18
5 PHI Pfeffer, Zachary Home Grown Player 16
6 PHI Houapeu, Levi International 22
7 PHI Richter, Ryan Reserve 22
1 POR Nagbe, Darlington Generation adidas/International  21
2 POR Purdy, Steve   26
3 POR Horst, David   25
4 POR Dike, Bright   24
5 POR Gleeson, Jake International 21
6 POR Lopez, Rodrigo Reserve 24
7 POR Thompson, Spencer Reserve 22
8 POR Braun, Freddie Reserve 23
9 POR Taylor, Chris Reserve 22
1 RSL Gil, Luis Generation adidas 17
2 RSL Arnoux, Cody   23
3 RSL Toia, Donny Home Grown Player 19
4 RSL Melia, Timothy On Loan 25
5 RSL McKenzie, Rauwshan   24
6 RSL Schuler, Chris Reserve 23
7 RSL Alexandre, Jean   24
8 RSL Aghaysan, Artur Reserve 24
1 SEA Tetteh, Michael Generation adidas/International/On Loan 22
2 SEA Scott, Zacharias   31
3 SEA Fucito, Michael   25
4 SEA Seamon, Michael   22
5 SEA Neagle, Lamar   24
6 SEA Estrada, David Reserve 23
7 SEA Ford, Josh   23
8 SEA Carrasco, Servando Reserve 22
9 SEA Montano, Miguel International/Reserve 20
1 SJ Opara, Ike Generation adidas 22
2 SJ Bingham, David Generation adidas 21
3 SJ Beitashour, Steve   24
4 SJ Morrow, Justin On Loan 23
5 SJ Luzunaris, Matt Reserve/On Loan 22
6 SJ Ampaipitakwong, Anthony Reserve 23
7 SJ McLoughlin, Ellis Reserve 21
8 SJ Baca, Rafael International 21
1 SKC Bunbury, Teal Generation adidas 21
2 SKC Sassano, Luke   25
3 SKC Zusi, Graham   24
4 SKC Sapong, CJ   22
5 SKC Kempin, Jon Home Grown Player 18
6 SKC Lorenz, Scott Reserve 24
7 SKC Warzycha, Konrad Reserve 22
8 SKC Ellis, Kevin Home Grown Player 20
9 SKC Sinovic, Seth Reserve 24
10 SKC Saad, Soony   18
1 TOR Gold, Matt   23
2 TOR Omphroy, Demitrius   22
3 TOR Plata, Joao International 19
4 TOR Henry, Doneil Home Grown Player 18
5 TOR Lindsay, Nicholas Home Grown Player 18
6 TOR Morgan, Ashtone Home Grown Player 20
7 TOR Cordon, Oscar Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
8 TOR Stinson, Matthew Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
9 TOR Makubuya, Keith Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
1 VAN Salgado, Omar Generation adidas 17
2 VAN Khalfan, Nizar Home Grown Player/International 23
3 VAN Nanchoff, Michael Generation adidas 22
4 VAN Teibert, Russell Home Grown Player/Generation adidas 18
5 VAN Boxall, Michael International 22
6 VAN Brovsky, Jeb   22
7 VAN Tan, Long Reserve 23
8 VAN Duckett, Bilal Reserve 21
9 VAN Davies, Philippe Home Grown Player 20
10 VAN Sylvestre, Brian Home Grown Player 18

 

There you have it.  That's the whole list.  Columbus, Colorado, Kansas City, New York, Vancouver, and soon to be Chicago have 10 players, Dallas, Los Angeles, New England, Portland, Seattle and Toronto have 9, Chivas USA, Salt Lake City, San Jose have 8, and D.C., Houston and Philadelphia have 7 players on their Supplemental Roster.  Does this mean anything?  No, except to suggest teams might have to have at least 7 players on their Supplemental Roster at any given time.  I think Fire legend and current Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak just doesn't like people under the age of 25 and would cut the roster even lower if he could.  Which brings me to my next sorted list, what does it look like if we sort these guys by age?

 

3. Sorted by Age

Please note that the players that are the same age are not listed according to their birthday.  For example, Victor Pineda was born on March 15, 1993.  He is not the youngest 18 year-old in MLS.  Players are sorted by age number first, and then club second for practicality.

# Team Player Note Age
1 LA McBean, Jack Home Grown Player 16
2 NE Fagundez, Diego Home Grown Player/International 16
3 PHI Pfeffer, Zachary Home Grown Player 16
4 FCD Sanchez, Richard Home Grown Player 17
5 RSL Gil, Luis Generation adidas 17
6 VAN Salgado, Omar Generation adidas 17
7 CHI Pineda, Victor Home Grown Player 18
8 COL Janniere, Josh International/Home Grown Player 18
9 DC Najar, Andy  Home Grown Player 18
10 FCD Top, Jonathan Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
11 NY Agudelo, Juan  Home Grown Player 18
12 PHI McInerney, Jack Generation adidas 18
13 SKC Kempin, Jon Home Grown Player 18
14 SKC Saad, Soony   18
15 TOR Henry, Doneil Home Grown Player 18
16 TOR Lindsay, Nicholas Home Grown Player 18
17 TOR Cordon, Oscar Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
18 TOR Stinson, Matthew Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
19 TOR Makubuya, Keith Home Grown Player/Reserve 18
20 VAN Teibert, Russell Home Grown Player/Generation adidas 18
21 VAN Sylvestre, Brian Home Grown Player 18
22 CBUS Veeder, Corey Reserve 19
23 CBUS Horton, Aaron Home Grown Player 19
24 CHI Barouch, Orr Reserve 19
25 CHV Valentin, Zarek Generation adidas 19
26 CHV de la Fuente, Bryan Home Grown Player 19
27 COL Armstrong, David Home Grown Player 19
28 DC Kitchen, Perry Generation adidas 19
29 DC Shanosky, Conor Home Grown Player/On Loan 19
30 FCD Luna, Ruben Home Grown Player/International 19
31 FCD Leyva, Bryan Home Grown Player 19
32 FCD Hernandez, Moises Home Grown Player 19
33 FCD Ulloa, Victor Home Grown Player 19
34 HOU Navas, Francisco Cobo Home Grown Player 19
35 PHI MacMath, Zac Generation adidas 19
36 RSL Toia, Donny Home Grown Player 19
37 TOR Plata, Joao International 19
38 CHV Bowen, Tristan Generation adidas/Home Grown Player 20
39 DC Hamid, Bill Home Grown Player 20
40 DC White, Ethan Home Grown Player 20
41 FCD Lambo, Josh Generation adidas 20
42 HOU Sarkodie, Kofi Generation adidas 20
43 NY Hertzog, Corey Generation adidas  20
44 NY Rooney, John International 20
45 NY Hot, Sacir Home Grown Player 20
46 PHI Mwanga, Danny Generation adidas 20
47 PHI Okugo, Amobi Generation adidas 20
48 SEA Montano, Miguel International/Reserve 20
49 SKC Ellis, Kevin Home Grown Player 20
50 TOR Morgan, Ashtone Home Grown Player 20
51 VAN Davies, Philippe Home Grown Player 20
52 CBUS Duka, Diily Generation adidas 21
53 CBUS Prim, Santiago International 21
54 COL Emory, Stephen   21
55 FCD Wiedeman, Andrew Generation adidas 21
56 HOU Bruin, Will Generation adidas 21
57 HOU Cruz, Daniel Generation adidas 21
58 HOU Dixon, Alex Home Grown Player 21
59 NE Kinne, Ryan   21
60 NE Sousa, Andrew Reserve 21
61 NY Kassel, Matt Home Grown Player 21
62 POR Nagbe, Darlington Generation adidas/International  21
63 POR Gleeson, Jake International 21
64 SJ Bingham, David Generation adidas 21
65 SJ McLoughlin, Ellis Reserve 21
66 SJ Baca, Rafael International 21
67 SKC Bunbury, Teal Generation adidas 21
68 VAN Duckett, Bilal Reserve 21
69 CBUS Grossman, Cole   22
70 CBUS Sippola, Ben Reserve 22
71 CHI Bone, Corben Generation adidas 22
72 CHI Johnson, Sean Generation adidas 22
73 CHI Ferrari, Gabriel   22
74 CHI Anibaba, Jalil   22
75 CHI Pantazapoulos, Pari Reserve 22
76 CHV Gavin, Blair Generation adidas 22
77 CHV Mayen, Gerson Reserve/On Loan 22
78 CHV Cortez, Chris Reserve 22
79 COL LaBeaux, Ross   22
80 COL Earls, Danny International 22
81 FCD Marosevic, Peri Generation adidas 22
82 HOU Soto, Josue Home Grown Player/Reserve 22
83 LA Perk, Brian   22
84 LA Cardozo, Paolo International 22
85 LA Jimenz, Hector Reserve 22
86 LA McCarty, Dustin Reserve 22
87 LA Thomas, Ryan Reserve 22
88 NE Soares, AJ   22
89 NY Jones, Mychel Reserve 22
90 NY Lassiter, Tyler Reserve 22
91 NY Schneider, Teddy   22
92 PHI Houapeu, Levi International 22
93 PHI Richter, Ryan Reserve 22
94 POR Thompson, Spencer Reserve 22
95 POR Taylor, Chris Reserve 22
96 SEA Tetteh, Michael Generation adidas/International/On Loan 22
97 SEA Seamon, Michael   22
98 SEA Carrasco, Servando Reserve 22
99 SJ Opara, Ike Generation adidas 22
100 SJ Luzunaris, Matt Reserve/On Loan 22
101 SKC Sapong, CJ   22
102 SKC Warzycha, Konrad Reserve 22
103 TOR Omphroy, Demitrius   22
104 VAN Nanchoff, Michael Generation adidas 22
105 VAN Boxall, Michael International 22
106 VAN Brovsky, Jeb   22
107 CBUS Anor, Bernardo International 23
108 CBUS Williams, Joshua   23
109 CBUS Gehrig,Eric Reserve 23
110 CBUS Riggs, Alex Reserve 23
111 CHI Kinney, Steven   23
112 CHV Zemanski, Ben   23
113 CHV Estupinan, Victor International 23
114 COL Amarikwa, Quincy   23
115 COL Ababio, Eddie   23
116 DC Korb, Christopher   23
117 HOU Newton, Evan Reserve/On Loan 23
118 LA Keat, Daniel International 23
119 LA Alvarado, Sean Reserve 23
120 NE McCarthy, Stephen   23
121 NE Murray, Tim   23
122 NE Koger, Alan   23
123 POR Braun, Freddie Reserve 23
124 RSL Arnoux, Cody   23
125 RSL Schuler, Chris Reserve 23
126 SEA Estrada, David Reserve 23
127 SEA Ford, Josh   23
128 SJ Morrow, Justin On Loan 23
129 SJ Ampaipitakwong, Anthony Reserve 23
130 TOR Gold, Matt   23
131 VAN Khalfan, Nizar Home Grown Player/International 23
132 VAN Tan, Long Reserve 23
133 CHI Dufty,Alec Reserve 24
134 COL Nane, Joseph International 24
135 COL Ceus, Stewart   24
136 COL Holody, Mike   24
137 NE Loewy, Otto   24
138 NY Horwath, Alex Reserve 24
139 POR Dike, Bright   24
140 POR Lopez, Rodrigo Reserve 24
141 RSL McKenzie, Rauwshan   24
142 RSL Alexandre, Jean   24
143 RSL Aghaysan, Artur Reserve 24
144 SEA Neagle, Lamar   24
145 SJ Beitashour, Steve   24
146 SKC Zusi, Graham   24
147 SKC Lorenz, Scott Reserve 24
148 SKC Sinovic, Seth Reserve 24
149 DC King, Stephen   25
150 LA Jordan, Bryan   25
151 NE Guy, Ryan   25
152 POR Horst, David   25
153 RSL Melia, Timothy On Loan 25
154 SEA Fucito, Michael   25
155 SKC Sassano, Luke   25
156 POR Purdy, Steve   26
157 NY Keel, Stephen   28
158 SEA Scott, Zacharias   31

 

At 17 years old, Kellen Gulley would be among the top ten youngest players in the league.  In fact, only 37 of the 158 supplemental roster players are under the age of 20.  Team wise Dallas and Toronto lead the pack by each having 6 players under the age of 20.  This website is called Hot Time In Old Town though so excuse me for going old for a second and pointing out the outliers of Steve Purdy (26), Stephen Keel (28), and Zach Scott (31).  All 158 players on Supplemental Rosters are 25 or younger except for this curious trio.  Purdy, Keel and Scott each played in a non-MLS domestic soccer league before signing with their team.  There could be a rule that dictates that a player must be 25 or younger to be on the Supplemental Roster except for players coming from a lower tier of U.S. Soccer or it simply could be that most teams would rather stockpile young talent that could help out later on than hold on to a 30+ player who doesn’t contribute much.  That brings me to the next question, how much do Supplemental Roster players actually play in MLS Regular Season games?

 

4. Sorted by Minutes Played

# Team Player Note Age Minutes Played
1 NE Soares, AJ   22 1784
2 CHV Valentin, Zarek Generation adidas 19 1575
3 HOU Bruin, Will Generation adidas 21 1554
4 CHV Zemanski, Ben   23 1502
5 DC Hamid, Bill (GK) Home Grown Player 20 1440
6 CHI Anibaba, Jalil   22 1414
7 DC Kitchen, Perry Generation adidas 19 1376
8 DC Najar, Andy  Home Grown Player 18 1307
9 DC White, Ethan Home Grown Player 20 1289
10 SKC Sapong, CJ   22 1279
11 CHI Johnson, Sean (GK) Generation adidas 22 1260
12 NE McCarthy, Stephen   23 1182
13 SKC Zusi, Graham   24 1156
14 TOR Plata, Joao International 19 1082
15 VAN Boxall, Michael International 22 1047
16 PHI Mwanga, Danny Generation adidas 20 968
17 NY Agudelo, Juan  Home Grown Player 18 954
18 SKC Bunbury, Teal Generation adidas 21 907
19 VAN Brovsky, Jeb   22 879
20 HOU Cruz, Daniel Generation adidas 21 864
21 POR Nagbe, Darlington Generation adidas/International  21 838
22 POR Purdy, Steve   26 720
23 VAN Khalfan, Nizar Home Grown Player/International 23 690
24 SJ Beitashour, Steve   24 675
25 NY Keel, Stephen   28 650
26 RSL Schuler, Chris Reserve 23 621
27 CBUS Duka, Diily Generation adidas 21 618
28 HOU Sarkodie, Kofi Generation adidas 20 582
29 DC Korb, Christopher   23 570
30 RSL Alexandre, Jean   24 541
31 SJ Ampaipitakwong, Anthony Reserve 23 529
32 COL Amarikwa, Quincy   23 510
33 CBUS Anor, Bernardo International 23 505
34 SKC Sinovic, Seth Reserve 24 495
35 SJ Opara, Ike Generation adidas 22 485
36 SEA Fucito, Michael   25 483
37 RSL Gil, Luis Generation adidas 17 482
38 VAN Salgado, Omar Generation adidas 17 481
39 SKC Sassano, Luke   25 479
40 VAN Teibert, Russell Home Grown Player/Generation adidas 18 469
41 PHI Okugo, Amobi Generation adidas 20 466
42 CHI Barouch, Orr Reserve 19 457
43 CHI Bone, Corben Generation adidas 22 452
44 SEA Carrasco, Servando Reserve 22 450
45 SEA Neagle, Lamar   24 448
46 POR Horst, David   25 408
47 TOR Henry, Doneil Home Grown Player 18 371
48 CHV Gavin, Blair Generation adidas 22 319
49 DC King, Stephen   25 318
50 POR Gleeson, Jake (GK) International 21 315
51 PHI McInerney, Jack Generation adidas 18 310
52 SEA Scott, Zacharias   31 308
53 CHV Estupinan, Victor International 23 305
54 LA Cardozo, Paolo International 22 304
55 FCD Luna, Ruben Home Grown Player/International 19 289
56 CBUS Gehrig,Eric Reserve 23 275
57 COL LaBeaux, Ross   22 253
58 VAN Duckett, Bilal Reserve 21 226
59 CHV Cortez, Chris Reserve 22 207
60 COL Nane, Joseph International 24 202
61 SJ Baca, Rafael International 21 176
62 LA Jordan, Bryan   25 176
63 SJ McLoughlin, Ellis Reserve 21 148
64 VAN Tan, Long Reserve 23 146
65 TOR Cordon, Oscar Home Grown Player/Reserve 18 144
66 TOR Stinson, Matthew Home Grown Player/Reserve 18 141
67 VAN Nanchoff, Michael Generation adidas 22 128
68 COL Earls, Danny International 22 113
69 CHV Mayen, Gerson Reserve/On Loan 22 106
70 RSL Aghaysan, Artur Reserve 24 98
71 LA Perk, Brian (GK)   22 90
72 SJ Morrow, Justin On Loan 23 90
73 NY Horwath, Alex (GK) Reserve 24 90
74 RSL McKenzie, Rauwshan   24 90
75 SKC Lorenz, Scott Reserve 24 84
76 TOR Morgan, Ashtone Home Grown Player 20 83
77 NY Kassel, Matt Home Grown Player 21 82
78 NE Guy, Ryan   25 81
79 CHV Bowen, Tristan Generation adidas/Home Grown Player 20 60
80 HOU Dixon, Alex Home Grown Player 21 46
81 TOR Makubuya, Keith Home Grown Player/Reserve 18 45
82 TOR Gold, Matt   23 45
83 NY Hertzog, Corey Generation adidas  20 35
84 FCD Wiedeman, Andrew Generation adidas 21 32
85 SEA Montano, Miguel International/Reserve 20 31
86 NY Rooney, John International 20 27
87 SJ Luzunaris, Matt Reserve/On Loan 22 24
88 CHI Ferrari, Gabriel   22 17
89 CBUS Grossman, Cole   22 11
90 SEA Estrada, David Reserve 23 7
91 CBUS Horton, Aaron Home Grown Player 19 1
92 NE Kinne, Ryan   21 1
93 NY Jones, Mychel Reserve 22 1
94 TOR Omphroy, Demitrius   22 1

 

This list stops at No. 94 because every other player doesn’t have a single minute recorded in Major League Soccer this year.  Each player No. 61 through No. 94 doesn’t have enough minutes to amount to two full games.  Only 15 supplemental roster players have played over 1,000 minutes in a league where every team has played at least 1,620 minutes so far and some teams have played 2,070 minutes.  Clearly the majority of players of this roster type are not making a large overall impact.  In fact the argument could be made that supplemental players only get minutes when they are on bad teams.

5. Teams Sorted by Supplemental Roster Minutes

Team Minutes Points
DC 6300 23
SKC 4440 26
CHV 4074 26
VAN 4066 15
CHI 3600 18
NE 3048 20
HOU 3046 24
POR 2281 21
SJ 2127 24
TOR 1912 18
NY 1839 30
RSL 1832 33
PHI 1744 31
SEA 1727 38
CBUS 1410 31
COL 1078 31
LA 570 42
FCD 321 39

 

If you take a look at the chart above, you will see there is a fairly strong correlation between the amount of minutes a team gives to its supplemental roster players and their total points in the standings. Toronto FC is the only team that has less than 2,000 minutes but doesn't have 30 points or more. No team that has over 2,000 minutes has more than 26 points. There are all sorts of different debates to have over this chart but I think it shows more clubs understand that MLS rebuilding periods are here to stay. You could trip into the playoffs before and come out smelling like a rose with a streak of good games. Now teams realize it's a long uphill battle and they are giving time to their younger players whereas before they might have moved in a veteran or signed someone in the off-season for that very purpose.

The counter to that argument is a team like FC Dallas is stockpiling young Home Grown Players on their Supplemental Roster and letting them develop to eventually take over from the senior squad. It's a lucky time for them to have Home Grown Players and the roster expansion. Imagine how much the 2007-2009 Chicago Fire would have benefited from 2011 style rules. The team would not have been nearly the mess it was in 2010 as long as there were smart managers in charge... another debate for another day. While on the topic of Home Grown Players, I thought I would cap this piece by putting the spotlight on them.

 

6. Spotlight on Home Grown Players

# Team Player Note Minutes Played Age
1 DC Hamid, Bill (GK) Home Grown Player 1440 20
2 DC Najar, Andy  Home Grown Player 1307 18
3 DC White, Ethan Home Grown Player 1289 20
4 NY Agudelo, Juan  Home Grown Player 954 18
5 VAN Khalfan, Nizar Home Grown Player/International 690 23
6 VAN Teibert, Russell Home Grown Player/Generation adidas 469 18
7 TOR Henry, Doneil Home Grown Player 371 18
8 FCD Luna, Ruben Home Grown Player/International 289 19
9 TOR Cordon, Oscar Home Grown Player/Reserve 144 18
10 TOR Stinson, Matthew Home Grown Player/Reserve 141 18
11 TOR Morgan, Ashtone Home Grown Player 83 20
12 NY Kassel, Matt Home Grown Player 82 21
13 HOU Dixon, Alex Home Grown Player 46 21
14 TOR Makubuya, Keith Home Grown Player/Reserve 45 18
15 CBUS Horton, Aaron Home Grown Player 1 19
16 LA McBean, Jack Home Grown Player 0 16
17 PHI Pfeffer, Zachary Home Grown Player 0 16
18 FCD Sanchez, Richard (GK) Home Grown Player 0 17
19 CHI Pineda, Victor Home Grown Player 0 18
20 SKC Kempin, Jon (GK) Home Grown Player 0 18
21 TOR Lindsay, Nicholas Home Grown Player 0 18
22 VAN Sylvestre, Brian (GK) Home Grown Player 0 18
23 CHV de la Fuente, Bryan Home Grown Player 0 19
24 COL Armstrong, David Home Grown Player 0 19
25 FCD Leyva, Bryan Home Grown Player 0 19
26 FCD Hernandez, Moises Home Grown Player 0 19
27 FCD Ulloa, Victor Home Grown Player 0 19
28 HOU Navas, Francisco Cobo Home Grown Player 0 19
29 RSL Toia, Donny Home Grown Player 0 19
30 NY Hot, Sacir Home Grown Player 0 20
31 SKC Ellis, Kevin Home Grown Player 0 20
32 VAN Davies, Philippe Home Grown Player 0 20
33 NE Fagundez, Diego Home Grown Player/International 0 16
34 COL Janniere, Josh Home Grown Player/International 0 18
35 DC Shanosky, Conor Home Grown Player/On Loan 0 19
36 FCD Top, Jonathan Home Grown Player/Reserve 0 18
37 HOU Soto, Josue Home Grown Player/Reserve 0 22

 

Right now D.C. United is dominating in minutes given to Home Grown Players. Their top three players (Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, and Ethan White) combine for almost half of all minutes given to Home Grown Players across the league. Perhaps that and the fact that 27 Home Grown Players haven't entered a MLS game yet show that the chapter is just starting on this category of player. One player's history takes up too much of the book at this point to say any book should be out. As Fire fans consider the signing of Kellen Gulley, they should keep in mind there are encouraging examples like Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, Ethan White, and Juan Agudelo to take inspiration from but the majority of Supplemental Roster Players and especially Home Grown players are work in progress.

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