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Goalkeepers Lead Castrol MLS Index
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Soccer News: Goalkeepers Take Top Two Places on Castrol MLS Index Ranks for Week 6

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 6 of the MLS Season?

This week the man in the net is the star, as two goalkeeper top the Castrol MLS Index. At No. 1 is perhaps the most unlikely leader – D.C. United backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. After not playing a single minute of an MLS match since 2010, Dykstra has come off the bench to record back-to-back clean sheets, most recently a 1-0 decision over New York Red Bulls. Clearly the two years on loan with USL PRO sides Charleston Battery (2012) and Richmond Kickers (2013) kept Dykstra sharp.

Following Dykstra is another goalkeeper, LA Galaxy’s Jaime Penedo, who posted a 1-0 shutout against Vancouver Whitecaps over the weekend. Big saves against Darren Mattocks, Pedro Morales and Kekuta Manneh figured large in his ranking. Filling out the Top 5 were a trio of Designated Player MVP hopefuls: LA forward Robbie Keane, Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey and Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain.

The rest of the Week 5 Top 10 featured primarily goal-scorers. FC Dallas forward David Texeira came in at No. 6, followed by Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman. Forwards Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) and Quincy Amarikwa (Chicago Fire) ranked Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles rounded out the Top 10.

On the Full Castrol Index, the top four positions remain steady from the previous week. Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata leads the pack, with Dempsey, Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe and Keane close behind. Penedo moves up to No. 5 on the list from outside the Top 20 after his solid weekend, while Wondolowski jumps from No. 14 to No. 6. Closing out the Top 10 are Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Andrew Wenger (Philadelphia Union), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City) and Dykstra.

Full Castrol MLS Index for Week 6 – Top 20

Rank    

Player

Team

1

Joao Plata

Real Salt Lake

2

Clint Dempsey

Seattle Sounders

3

Jermain Defoe

Toronto FC

4

Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy

5

Jaime Penedo

LA Galaxy

6

Chris Wondolowski

San Jose Earthquakes

7

Thierry Henry

New York Red Bulls

8

Andrew Wenger

Philadelphia Union

9

Aurélien Collin

Sporting Kansas City

10

Andrew Dykstra

D.C. United

11

Federico Higuain

Columbus Crew

12

Victor Bernardez

San Jose Earthquakes

13

Quincy Amarikwa

Chicago Fire

14

Will Bruin

Houston Dynamo

15

Steve Clark

Columbus Crew

16

Matt Besler

Sporting Kansas City

17

Bobby Burling

Chivas USA

18

Bradley Wright-Phillips   

New York Red Bulls

19

Péguy Luyindula

New York Red Bulls

20

Graham Zusi

Sporting Kansas City

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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