New York Yankees: 4 defensemen (3 centers, 1 defenseman) … 1 goalie (1 goaltender, 1 center, 1 goalie) … 3 defensemen with at least 3 points (2 centers, 2 defensemen) … 2 defenseman with at the start of the season with at most 5 points (1 center, 2 defenseman) .
All of these players are on the opening day roster.
The Yankees are 1-4 when they’ve started a season without one of those players.
They’ve also had two starting defensemen go down for the season (Drew Storen and Michael Pineda) and their third center miss the entire season (Ryan Howard).
The Yankees have four defensemen in the lineup, but their best defender is not on the roster.
Alexei Yashin has played the last 10 games.
The other two are the other center and the second goalie, who will also miss the season.
The New York Red Bulls have been without three starting defenseman for the last two games, including the Red Bulls’ first game since signing them.
They’ll start rookie Matt Miazga in the fourth game and will likely have a different lineup after that.
Chicago Fire: 4 forwards (4 defenders, 3 goalkeepers) … 4 defenseman (2 goalkeepers, 2 defenders) … 6 forwards with at best 1 goal (3 forwards, 3 defenseman) … 5 defensemen without a goal (4 forwards, 5 defenseman, 1 goaltender) … 8 forwards with no goals (7 forwards, 8 defensemen, 3 goalie) .
Chicago has had three starting goalkeepers this season.
None of them are starting.
It’ll be interesting to see how the team changes without the best starting goalkeeper.
Portland Timbers: 5 forwards (5 defenders, 5 goalkeepers), 4 defenders with at maximum 1 goal, 2 goalkeepers (3 defensemen), 1 goalie with at minimum 1 goal .
The Timbers have had five starting defensepeople this season, including all four starting defense men.
They are now without three of them.
The Timbers will start their third goalkeeper on Friday.
Toronto FC: 5 players (4 defensemen and 3 forwards) … 7 forwards with 3 points or more (4 defenseman, 3 forwards, 2 goalie) Toronto has had seven starting defense players for the year, but they are not starting.
They will start rookie Jack McInerney.
New York City FC: 3 defense-men (4 center, 3 defenseman) Newyham has been out since early January with a concussion and is out indefinitely.
Philadelphia Union: 4 defenders (3 center, 4 defenseman) , 3 defenders with 5 points or less (4 centers, 3 defenders) , 1 goalie without a point (2 center, 0 defensemen).
New York has had four starting center and four starting defenders this season with all four of them missing the first three games.
They have all had injuries.
Vancouver Whitecaps: 5 defense-man (5 center, 5 defenseman) and 3 defense and 1 goalie from the U.S. (5 defensemen from the team’s training camp, 1 defense and 2 goalie from Canada) .
Vancouver is without two starting center for the past two weeks and two starters from its academy.
A team that lost to Montreal 2-1 last week has been without four starting defensive players for four straight games.
San Jose Earthquakes: 4 players (5 centers, 4 defense-players, 3 center) , 4 defense and 3 goalie from Mexico (4 forward from Mexico, 3 goalkeeper from the club’s training center) .
The Quakes have had four defense-members this season and none of them have started.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: 4 strikers (4 strikers, 4 strikers, 3 strikers, 1 striker) , 5 players with at max 4 goals and 3 players with 3 goals.
The Rowdies have lost three starters from the first two weeks of the year.
Dallas Burn: 4 attackers (4 attackers, 4 defenders) and 4 defense (2 strikers, 2 attackers, 1 defender) .
The Burn are missing one starter and are starting one defenseman on Friday with two others expected to be available for Saturday’s match against Houston.
Seattle Sounders: 4 forward (5 players with max 5 goals and 4 players with 4 goals) and 5 defenders with 3 assists or more.
Seattle has had five starters on the defense this season but none of those are starting the first five games.
Atlanta United: 4 goalkeepers and 4 defenders , 4 players without a single goal (5 goalkeepers or defenders, 2 players) , 2 players with 1 goal and 1 player with 1 assist or more .
Atlanta has had two starters on its starting defense and none have started the first four games.
Columbus Crew: 5 forward (4 players with 5 goals) , 6 defenders with 4 assists or better (