Castrol Weekly Top 20: Whitecaps' Le Toux scales summit

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There are plenty of cliches to throw around when it comes to Vancouver's Sébastien Le Toux.

He works hard. He plays for the team. He scores goals, he sets up teammates, he plays both sides of the ball. He's smart. He's industrious. He's the kind of guy you want on your team.

All are true. But what makes Le Toux special is that even when he's not playing his preferred position in his preferred set-up, he still finds a way to impact the game. He just puts his head down, does his job and, more often than not, comes out as a net positive in the game's ledger.

Such was the case against Colorado this past weekend when the Frenchman not only scored the game-winner with a wicked volley from a picture-perfect Davide Chiumiento long ball, but also helped keep the 'Caps from getting steamrolled despite playing a good chunk of the game with 10 men.

So let's heap cliche on top of cliche in praise of Le Toux — he's certainly earned it. And he also earned the No. 1 spot for this week's Castrol Index (which also includes the handful of games from Week 13 and 14 when most MLS sides were on the international break).

Le Toux's teammate Darren Mattocks, who was the man sent off against Colorado, had himself a much better outing the weekend before against Houston, and with it grabbed a pair of goals and the No. 2 position in the Index. The rookie rode the offside line twice to lead Vancouver's 3-1 steamrolling of a sluggish Houston side two weekends ago.

The Dynamo bounced back with a win this past weekend, taking the Texas Derby 2-1 over FC Dallas. Will Bruin got the opener and only a series of spectacular saves and one cruel intervention by the post prevented him from adding to his tally. The second-year forward has six goals on the season, and in the process has become more of a focal point in Dominic Kinnear's attack.

Rounding out the top five are a pair of Sporting KC men, goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and forward C.J. Sapong. Nielsen (No. 4) had perhaps his best game of the season in SKC's 2-0 win over Toronto FC, stopping a Danny Koevermans breakaway and generally dominating his area. Sapong (No. 5), after going scoreless in seven games, got his second goal in two when he opened the scoring against the Reds. He now has five on the season, matching his output from last year's Rookie of the Year campaign.

Also making a welcome return to the top 20 is LA Galaxy 'keeper Josh Saunders. The veteran pulled in at No. 11 in leading the Galaxy to their first shutout of the season.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 15+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Sébastien Le Toux Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 1,740 Colorado Rapids
2 Darren Mattocks Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 87 1,653 Houston Dynamo
3 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 1,437 FC Dallas
4 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 1,436 Toronto FC
5 C.J. Sapong Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 1,392 Toronto FC
6 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 1,245 Real Salt Lake
7 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 1,210 Columbus Crew
8 Fabián Espíndola Forward Real Salt Lake 90 1,137 Real Salt Lake
9 Bill Hamid Goalkeeper D.C. United 90 1,083 D.C. United
10 Adam Moffat Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 1,078 FC Dallas
11 Josh Saunders Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 1,071 Portland Timbers
12 Jackson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 1,057 FC Dallas
14 Patrick Nyarko Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 1,042 New York Red Bulls
13 Todd Dunivant Defender LA Galaxy 90 1,042 Portland Timbers
15 Kelyn Rowe Midfielder New England Revolution 26 1,009 Chicago Fire
16 Joe Cannon Goalkeeper Vancouver Whitecaps 90 989 Colorado Rapids
17 Will Johnson Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 971 Real Salt Lake
18 Dax McCarty Midfielder New York Red Bulls 88 959 New York Red Bulls
19 Carlos Valdés Defender Philadelphia Union 90 958 D.C. United
20 Gonzalo Segares Defender Chicago Fire 90 953 New York Red Bulls