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D.C. United: MLS's Second-Most "American" Team

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MLSsoccer's regular Climbing The Ladder column is usually an interesting read, and this week's was no different. Included was a breakdown of each team's percentage of minutes played by American players. When I saw the article's title, my gut reaction was that United would finish atop the list, given that a) most of our starters are Americans and b) our injured starters were often replaced by Americans (Stephen King for Branko Boskovic, Ethan White for Dejan Jakovic, and Santino Quaranta/Austin Da Luz for Chris Pontius). Turns out I was wrong, but only just. DC was second overall, with 78.35% of the team's minutes logged by American players. The San Jose Earthquakes, with 79.16%, were the "most American" team. On the opposite end of the scale, the New York Red Bulls had just 26.66% of their minutes played by American players. This sounds like an argument we had earlier this year... There is also a fascinating tidbit at the end of the article: United's goal differential when down at least one player was +1 (4 goals for, 3 against). While that is mostly down to the absurd 3-3 home draw with Toronto FC, it also points to a team that, no matter its flaws, doesn't give up easily.