Castrol Weekly Top 20: Santos rises above them all

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When you look at the track record of former Toronto FC players, what Maicon Santos is doing this year for D.C. United isn’t all that remarkable.

After all, guys like Edson Buddle, Conor Casey, Dwayne De Rosario, Jeff Cunningham – believe me, the list goes on, and on, and on – have gotten the post-TFC career bump, resulting in Golden Boots, MVPs, Supporters’ Shields and MLS Cups.

So Santos is merely looking to continue that trend. As such he finds himself amongst the league’s scoring leaders a quarter of the way into the 2012 season, helping drive United up the table. This past Saturday against Houston, the center forward submitted his piece de resistance, bagging two goals – including the game-winner – in a 3-2 triumph.

It was good enough to put him at the top of the Castrol Weekly Index, as he grabbed 1,498 points per 90 minutes. It also marks the second straight week a United attacker has held the No. 1 spot, as Chris Pontius wore the crown after a Week 7 hat trick against the New York Red Bulls.

Goalkeepers Ryan Meara and Matt Pickens claimed the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Meara – the erstwhile Irish youth international – posted his first shutout as a pro, producing a double-handful of quality saves for New York on shots from both inside and outside the box. He was also quick and brave off his line, no doubt the skills that have attracted notice across the pond.

Pickens, meanwhile, put up a vintage performance in Colorado’s 4-0 throttling of Chivas USA. The veteran always produces one or two highlight-reel saves per match, and this time was no different.

Houston forward Will Bruin pulled in at No. 4. The sophomore had both goals in the Dynamo’s loss, and has finally found his scoring touch after a rough start to the season. Over the past three games he has four goals and an assist, and has been the brightest light in his club’s season-opening road odyssey.

Rounding out the top five is Pickens’ teammate, Kamani Hill. The recently acquired attacker grabbed a brace in his side’s win, and has become a vital cog in the Colorado attack since his acquisition last month. Hill has shown the ability to play either up top or in midfield, making him difficult for opposing defenders to track.

MLS Player of the Week Steven Lenhart came in No. 6 thanks to his match-winning brace against the Philadelphia Union. Lenhart was left to pick up the slack for star man Chris Wondolowski, who failed to crack the top 20 for the first time in five weeks.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 8 Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points
1 Maicon Santos Forward D.C. United 90 1,498
2 Ryan Meara Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 1,372
3 Matt Pickens Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 1,210
4 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 1,140
5 Kamani Hill Forward Colorado Rapids 20 1,084
6 Steven Lenhart Forward San Jose Earthquakes 30 1,073
7 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 1,045
8 Jaime Castrillón Midfielder Colorado Rapids 90 921
9 Rafael Baca Midfielder San Jose Earthquakes 90 920
10 Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Philadelphia Union 90 897
11 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 893
12 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 869
13 Landon Donovan Forward Los Angeles Galaxy 90 860
14 Ike Opara Defender San Jose Earthquakes 90 860
15 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Defender Seattle Sounders FC 90 854
16 Juan Pablo Ángel Forward Chivas USA 90 839
17 Eddie Johnson Forward Seattle Sounders FC 90 839
18 Josh Williams Defender Columbus Crew 90 838
19 Daniel Woolard Defender D.C. United 90 783
20 Matteo Ferrari Defender Montreal Impact 90 777