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MLS releases the Castrol Index

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MLS released the Castrol Index for the rankings of the best players in the MLS. 

1)    What is the Castrol Index?

The Castrol Index is the Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer and uses the latest technology to objectively analyze player performance to help you see soccer from a completely different perspective.

2)    How is the Castrol Index calculated?

The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.

A key factor for all areas of performance in the Castrol Index is in which zone on the pitch the action takes place. Players receive points for each successful pass they complete, but the number of points awarded depends on which zones the ball is passed from and received in. Similarly, misplaced or intercepted passes are penalised depending on how much trouble the mistake is likely to land the team in.

The Castrol Index is also able to split up the rewards of a goal between penalising the goalkeeper for letting in a shot he should have saved and rewarding the attacker for scoring a goal. The number of Castrol Index points awarded for tackles, interceptions and blocked shots also depends on which zone they are made. Successfully taking the ball from a striker near the penalty spot will earn more points than a tackle out on the wing. Conceding free kicks and penalties will result in deductions.

More after the jump

 

The Top 10:

2
Steve Zakuani
452
9.16
3
David Ferreira
505
9.1
4
Omar Gonzalez
450
9.04
5
Atiba Harris
443
8.99
6
Danny Califf
540
8.94
7
Donovan Ricketts
Los Angeles Galaxy
450
8.89
8
George John
FC Dallas
540
8.85
9
Bobby Boswell
630
8.81
10
Diego Chaves
524
8.77

 

 

Here is how the Portland Timbers are ranked:

22
Rodney Wallace
Portland Timbers
516
8.39
29
Jorge Perlaza
Portland Timbers
450
8.22
38
Jack Jewsbury
Portland Timbers
540
8.02
84
Kenny Cooper
Portland Timbers
540
7.24
105
Eric Brunner
Portland Timbers
540
6.94
119
Steve Purdy
Portland Timbers
540
6.76
154
Jeremy Hall
Portland Timbers
436
6.32
178
Mamadou Danso
Portland Timbers
270
6.03
189
Kalif Alhassan
Portland Timbers
341
5.9
202
James Marcelin
Portland Timbers
315
5.74
225
David Horst
Portland Timbers
135
5.46
241
Jake Gleeson
Portland Timbers
315
5.27
255
Kevin Goldthwaite
Portland Timbers
135
5.09
263
Peter Lowry
Portland Timbers
135
4.98
266
Ryan Pore
Portland Timbers
156
4.95
314
Adam Moffat
Portland Timbers
45
4.25
317
Darlington Nagbe
Portland Timbers
89
4.2
322
Sal Zizzo
Portland Timbers
83
4.12
323
Troy Perkins
Portland Timbers
90
4.1
324
Diego Chara
Portland Timbers
45
4.08
336
Brian Umony
Portland Timbers
62
3.86
344
Eddie Johnson
Portland Timbers
27
3.7
373
Adin Brown
Portland Timbers
135
3.63

 

 

Notes:

  • Not sure I agree with different "zones" recieving more emphasis than others because a 1-0 win with a ton of defense is still a win compared to a 6-0 thrashing.
  • Rodney Wallace is 22nd while Dax McCarty is 164th and we have Diego Chara. Anyone still having doubts on that trade?