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Crew's Clark Heads Castrol Index Top 20 for Week 4
Crew's Clark Heads Castrol Index Top 20 for Week 4 | Castrol MLS Index, Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew, Steve Clark

Soccer News: Crew Goalkeeper Steve Clark Tops Castrol MLS Index Week 4 Ranks

The Castrol Index is the Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer. Castrol's team of performance analysts will 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.

What is this week's hot report for Week 4 of the MLS Season?

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark had a standout match in the net with five saves against the Seattle Sounders over the weekend. The effort preserved a 1-1 draw until forward Justin Meram buried a stoppage time goal for the 2-1 Crew victory. Interestingly, Columbus acquired Clark from the Sounders for a future draft choice during the off-season. Clark’s heroics landed him at the top of the Week 4 Castrol MLS Index and shot him to No. 4 on the Full Castrol Index.

FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez took the No. 2 position on the Weekly Top 20, with a goal in his side’s 2-1 victory over Portland Timbers. Midfielder Perry Kitchen made the No. 3 spot as D.C. United played Chicago Fire to a 2-2 draw. U.S. Men’s National Team and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando landed in the No. 4 spot after shutting out Toronto FC. Péguy Luyindula rounded out the Top 5 with a late equalizer for the New York Red Bulls against visiting Chivas USA.

In all, four net minders made the Top 10, with Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy at No. 7 and Sporting Kansas City’s Eric Kronberg at No. 9. Benny Feilhaber (No. 8) and Graham Zusi of Sporting KC (No. 10) were the other midfielders on the Top 10, while Eddie Johnson of D.C. United (No. 6) was the only other forward on the list.

On the Full Castrol Index, Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) and Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) remain 1-2-3, with Clark making the leap from outside the Top 20 to fourth. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) moves up one spot to No. 5, replacing Leonardo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) who slips to No. 6

Full Castrol Index for Week 4 – Top 20

Rank    

Player

Team

1

Joao Plata

Real Salt Lake

2

Jermain Defoe

Toronto FC

3

Will Bruin

Houston Dynamo

4

Steve Clark

Columbus Crew

5

Thierry Henry

New York Red Bulls

6

Leonardo Fernandes

Philadelphia Union

7

Bobby Burling

Chivas USA

8

Péguy Luyindula

New York Red Bulls

9

Victor Bernardez

San Jose Earthquakes

10

Bradley Wright-Phillips    

New York Red Bulls

11

Andrew Wenger

Montreal Impact

12

Andrew Driver

Houston Dynamo

13

Ike Opara

Sporting Kansas City

14

Deshorn Brown

Colorado Rapids

15

Graham Zusi

Sporting Kansas City

16

Chris Wondolowski

San Jose Earthquakes

17

Aurélien Collin

Sporting Kansas City

18

Amobi Okugo

Philadelphia Union

19

Chris Schuler

Real Salt Lake

20

Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy

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 subject of 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.

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