In another fabulous scaryice post, he updates the SI/YI list for all teams: http://usasoccer.blogspot.com/2007/09/siyi-lists.html A while ago, I was getting the feeling that MLS was becoming a league of foreigners. With all the talk on expansion threads of 'MLS is becoming like the NASL, expanding too fast', I find it interesting that no-one has expressed any concern about how few Yanks play in MLS. (And, as a side note, how many, even myself, have recommended upping the number of foreign players allowed on a team to keep the level of play up during the upcoming expansion). I had started to write a post about this a while ago, but then something kept me from doing it. I don't remember specifics, but someone posted something about how many Yanks were on some team other than Dallas, and I realized that my perspective was probably skewed because Dallas is the one team I follow closely. But now, with scaryice's post, there's ammo. Here's the maximum foreign players each team can currently field: Chicago: 7 Chivas: 9 Colorado: 9 Columbus: 11 Dallas: 10 DC United: 9 Houston: 5 Kansas City: 3 Los Angeles: 6 New England: 7 New York: 9 Salt Lake: 8 (Toronto: 10 Not really relevant to this discussion, and not sure how green cards relate) Excluding Toronto, that comes out to 7.75 foreigner players per team. Meaning that at the worst, we only have an average of 3.25 yank starters per team. So much for MLS being a league to support the growth of the American player. Yeah, there's all those other players, substitutes and the reserve squad. And, yes, not all foreign players will see the field simultaneously. But still, with green cards, it's getting harder and harder for an American players to make an MLS team. This actually makes me even happier that USL-1 is around, as that gives American players a few more places to play. Which brings me to the 'But Does It Matter?' part of my post. American players have plenty of opportunities to play and grow. According to the Yanks Abroad thread, there are over 100 Yanks playing overseas somewhere at some level. That's approaching the number of Yanks in MLS. Long gone are the days where Yanks had to scrounge for good playing opportunities, so I don't think the number of foreign players in MLS is a problem, necessarily. But, like the other concerns that have been expressed about MLS overexpansion and the risk of becoming the NASL, I think this also needs to be looked at critically. MLS is a long way from the NASL where it was hard to find an American in the league at all. But as an FCD follower, I'm a little sad to see the dearth of home-grown boys on the team. And as a fan of the US National Team, I'm inclined to take back the 'increase the SI/YI' solution to a possible drop in the level of play with the addition of a few more teams.