Castrol Weekly Top 20: When transfer talk is no distraction

Castrol Index - Marco Pappa (Week 22)

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Wait a minute. Back passes that lead to goals for the other team don't count in the Castrol Rankings, do they?

No. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa recovered from his mishap and still registered the best performance of any MLS player this weekend, topping the Castrol Top 20 for Week 22.

The Guatemalan international, who has been a subject of European transfer rumors with his contract expiring in December, was accompanied by teammate and rookie Austin Berry in the Top 10.

But no one was a match for the Houston Dynamo, who saw four players finish in this week's list after their 2-0 blanking of the New York Red Bulls last Friday (No. 3 Jermaine Taylor, No. 12 Tally Hall, No. 16 Andre Hainault, No. 17 Boniek García).

And the goalkeepers once again left their mark, with nearly half of the first 13 names — six to be exact — proving to be netminders. That group even includes Andy Gruenebaum (No. 9), who lost his match against D.C. United, and Donovan Ricketts, who was traded away by the Montreal Impact on Tuesday.

While Seattle Sounders star forward Eddie Johnson finds himself in the rankings for the second consecutive week, forgotten Chinese striker Long Tan earns a shout-out at No. 15 after his first start for D.C. United since his move from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 22+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Marco Pappa Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 1,517 Toronto FC
2 Chris Pontius Forward D.C. United 90 1,409 Columbus Crew
3 Jermaine Taylor Defender Houston Dynamo 90 1,385 NY Red Bulls
4 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 1,213 Philadelphia Union
5 Matt Pickens Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 1,109 Real Salt Lake
6 Austin Berry Defender Chicago Fire 90 1,101 Toronto FC
7 Felipe Martins Midfielder Montreal Impact 90 1,072 Philadelphia Union
8 Eddie Johnson Forward Seattle Sounders 90 1,060 LA Galaxy
9 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 1,052 D.C. United
10 Bill Hamid Goalkeeper D.C. United 90 1,020 Columbus Crew
11 Teal Bunbury Forward Sporting KC 90 994 New England
12 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 962 NY Red Bulls
13 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 927 LA Galaxy
14 Fredy Montero Forward Seattle Sounders 73 914 LA Galaxy
15 Long Tan Forward D.C. United 66 898 Columbus Crew
16 Andre Hainault Defender Houston Dynamo 90 891 NY Red Bulls
17 Boniek García Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 872 NY Red Bulls
18 Chris Birchall Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 844 D.C. United
19 Andrew Wenger Forward Montreal Impact 70 820 Philadelphia Union
20 Joseph Nane Midfielder Colorado Rapids 72 791 Real Salt Lake