Soccer News: Castrol Index Special Feature – Rating the Players: MLS Week 10
How does the Castrol Index determine rankings for MLS players? SoccerNation News knows our readers love this information and asked for a special feature on the soccer stars in the MLS.
This season Castrol Index and SoccerNation News will look at four players who are making an impact in the MLS and will likely see action in Brazil at the FIFA World Cup: Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Matt Besler of the U.S. and Jermain Defoe of England. Throughout the 2014 MLS season, we will follow these four playmakers and see how their performance each week affects their placement on the Index.
The Castrol Index is the Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer. Castrol's team of performance analysts use the latest technology to objectively analyze every match in the MLS season, logging an average of 1800 player movements per match.
The Castrol MLS Index ranks and rates every player in Major League Soccer (MLS), based on each athlete’s contribution to his team. With a complex statistical analysis, your favorite MLS players are ranked by their positive and negative impact on the game. In fact, every player in every match will be scored, using the latest technology to track movements, down to the zone of the pitch where the action took place.
The new SoccerNation News/Castrol Index Special Feature is following four FIFA World Cup-bound players during the 2014 MLS season: LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler, and Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe. How do the moves each player makes affect his position on the rankings? Castrol analyzes and SoccerNation News reports.
Only Donovan and Besler had matches for Week 10 of the MLS season. How did those two do, and what effect did the weekend off have on the rankings of Bradley and Defoe?
Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy:
Landon Donovan played 90 minutes in the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers. He climbed another three places to No. 57 of the MLS overall rankings.
It was another goalless performance from the all-time leading scorer in MLS history. This week he was not as active as last week, having only one middle range on-target shot, which pretty much gave him all the positive credit he got in the match. He completed a couple of good passes within or around the penalty area, but his passing had an overall negative impact, mainly because he gave the ball away on three occasions in front of the opposition box. These almost halved the credit he got for his on-target shot.
Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City:
Matt Besler played 90 minutes in his team’s 3-0 triumph against Montreal Impact. He remains near the top of the overall rankings at No. 13.
Besler continued his strong performance from last week, helping his team to another victory – this time over Montreal. He once again held the highest defensive responsibility on his team, a team that conceded only two on-target shots the whole match. This gave him a lot of credit. His passing activity was nearly flawless, completing 75 of 82 attempted passes (91% success rate). Even though most of these were in the defensive part of the pitch, maintaining possession is indirectly rewarded in the MLS rankings.
Jermain Defoe – Toronto FC:
Defoe's lack of activity was detrimental to his overall ranking, dropping him from No. 6 to No. 10.
Michael Bradley – Toronto FC:
Bradley's inaction had little effect on his rank, as he moved from No. 83 to No. 82.
The Castrol MLS Index
Throughout the season, Castrol's team of performance analysts will use the latest technology to objectively analyze every match. Visit the Castrol Index to see the Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer.
The results of the Castrol MLS Index have been so popular in recent years that their analysis is the talk in sports bars and sidelines all across America and beyond.
The Castrol Index was first introduced in 2008 with Castrol’s official sponsorship of Euro2008. In 2010 the Index was expanded through a partnership with FIFA for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
It is now used in the MLS and five major European leagues, as well as U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Soccer Index is updated following each qualifying match or friendly, while the MLS Index is updated in the first week of each month. The MLS Index also shows a Top-10 from the most recent round of games.