Saturday, April 5, 2008

MLS League Experience by Team

This list shows the combined MLS experience (in years) of the players on each team in the league. The list doesn't take into account that players like Chivas USA's Claudio Suárez began playing professionally outside of the league when Guns n Roses Sweet Child o' Mine was a number one hit, it is showing MLS playing experience only.

Years of MLS Experience by Team:

81 - Houston Dynamo
78 - New England Revolution
74 - Chicago Fire
73 - Colorado Rapids
69 - Chivas USA
68 - Real Salt Lake
66 - San Jose Earthquakes
65 - Kansas City Wizards
64 - Columbus Crew
64 - LA Galaxy
63 - New York Red Bulls
57 - DC United
51 - FC Dallas
40 - Toronto FC

It's interesting to see that three of the more successful teams in the league, Houston, New England, and Chicago, have the most combined MLS playing experience.

DC United and FC Dallas have definitely gone a different route over the last couple of years by looking to bring in foreign talent in lieu of MLS experience.

If you take Jeff Cunningham and Tyrone Marshall off of Toronto FC, the squad has a combined total of 20 years MLS experience out of 22 players. 19 of their 24 players have either 0 or 1 year experience in the league.

It'll be interesting to see if Frank Yallop's San Jose Earthquakes, who chose plenty of players with league experience for their expansion side, can be more successful in their first season.

Does MLS playing experience lead to a more successful team?

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