Castrol Weekly Top 20: Honor in defeat for DC's Pontius

Castrol Index - Chris Pontius (Week 16)

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D.C. United's Chris Pontius is the new Pat Noonan.

The former Revolution forward always had a knack for scoring against New York, and now Pontius has taken over that mantle after adding another two goals against the Red Bulls on Sunday night in a 3-2 loss.

The performance by the D.C. United striker, who also registered a hat trick against the Red Bulls earlier this season, was good enough to land him the No. 1 ranking in the Week 16 Castrol Index. The Southern California native continues to excel since moving to the forward position on a fulltime basis. His eight goals are good for fifth on the MLS scoring charts.

Sunday's I-95 derby saw two other players make the list of the Top 20 performers, with New York's Jan Gunnar Solli figuring at No. 4 and Red Bulls right back Brandon Barklage coming in at No. 17. In a good week for the Red Bulls, Heath Pearce (No. 10) also factors into Week 16's best players after scoring midweek in Vancouver.

The other defenders to crack into the list were Columbus Crew center back Josh Williams (No. 11), Montreal's Hassoun Camara (No. 12) and Seattle's Patrick Ianni (No. 20), who is also up for the AT&T Goal of the Week.

Vancouver's Joe Cannon represents the goalkeeper fraternity and comes in at No. 13.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 16+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Chris Pontius Forward D.C. United 90 1,712 New York
2 Ryan Johnson Forward Toronto FC 90 1,667 New England
3 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia 72 1,579 Sporting KC
4 Jan Gunnar Solli Midfielder New York 90 1,403 D.C. United
5 Kris Boyd Forward Portland 90 1,392 Seattle
6 Danny Koevermans Forward Toronto FC 90 1,377 Houston
7 Sanna Nyassi Forward Montreal 88 1,356 Houston
8 Tony Tchani Midfielder Columbus 90 1,355 Chicago
9 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 1,344 LA Galaxy
10 Heath Pearce Defender New York 90 1,303 Vancouver
11 Josh Williams Defender Columbus 90 1,300 Chicago
12 Hassoun Camara Defender Montreal 90 1,288 Houston
14 Will Bruin Forward Houston 90 1,234 Toronto FC
13 Joe Cannon Goalkeeper Vancouver 90 1,206 New York
15 Fabián Espíndola Forward Real Salt Lake 90 1,184 San Jose
16 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 1,171 Vancouver
17 Brandon Barklage Defender New York 90 1,151 D.C. United
18 Felipe Martins Midfielder Montreal 90 1,140 Chivas USA
19 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 75 1,128 Vancouver
20 Patrick Ianni Defender Seattle 90 1,124 Sporting KC