The lack of Americans on the MLS scoring charts
should not come as a surprise.
Few Americans are starting in attacking roles.
Of the 68 field players eligible for the U.S. national team who started in Week 8, a majority -- 38 -- were defenders or wingbacks. Just 10
were forwards, and 20 were midfielders.
The number of field players eligible for the U.S. national team who started ranged from 10 in the FC Dallas-Philadelphia game -- the Union
started a league-high seven -- to only one in the Portland-NYCFC game -- the Timbers' Zarek Valentin
On only two teams -- Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake -- did Americans account
for more than half the starting field players.
In no game were the majority of starting field players eligible for the U.S. national team, and overall they comprised less than a third of
the starters. MLS Week 8, USMNT-eligible starting field players:
10 FC Dallas
8 Real Salt Lake
(6+2) 8 Columbus
vs. New England
(4+4) 7 LA Galaxy
vs. Atlanta United
NY Red Bulls
(3+4) 7 Seattle
vs. Minn. United
(4+3) 6 Orlando City
vs. San Jose
(3+3) 5 Montreal
(2+3) 5 Houston
vs. Toronto FC
(3+2) 4 Sporting KC
(3+1) 1 Portland
68/220 (30.9 percent). Experience: 5
2nd Year 5
3rd Year 5
4th Year 48
5+ Years Positions: 10
Defenders or Wingbacks