Castrol Weekly Top 20: No debate on the best team in MLS

Castrol Index - Omar Gonzalez (Week 23)

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There's a debate going on in MLS circles of late: Which is the best team in MLS?

Well, at least for this week there's little debate based on the weekly Castrol Top 20 rankings with the defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy owning four of the top five spots. Only New York's Markus Holgersson broke the Galaxy hegemony.

But that's not to say that the rest of the Western Conference can't be somewhat encouraged. There's a renewed Brek Shea coming in at No. 10 for FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders newcomer Christian Tiffert figuring at No. 13 and San Jose's contribution of two players on their march toward the Supporters' Shield (Steven Lenhart at No. 9 and Marvin Chávez at No. 14).

However, Portland Timbers fans may be disappointed to see that goalkeeper Troy Perkins broke into the Top 10 in his first appearance with Montreal since the trade that took him to the Impact. Meanwhile, the Timbers were idle in Week 23.

Lastly, a tip of the cap to D.C. United rookie Nick DeLeon, who seems to have regained his early season form.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 23+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Omar Gonzalez Defender LA Galaxy 90 1,817 Chivas USA
2 Juninho Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 1,396 Chivas USA
3 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 1,372 Chivas USA
4 Markus Holgersson Defender NY Red Bulls 90 1,326 Houston Dynamo
5 Landon Donovan Forward LA Galaxy 89 1,311 Chivas USA
6 Arne Friedrich Defender Chicago Fire 90 1,301 Philadelphia Union
7 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 1,222 New England
8 Teal Bunbury Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 1,133 D.C. United
9 Steven Lenhart Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 1,088 Seattle Sounders
10 Brek Shea Midfielder FC Dallas 90 1,077 Colorado Rapids
11 Nat Borchers Defender Real Salt Lake 90 1,069 Vancouver
12 Bill Gaudette Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 1,018 Houston Dynamo
13 Christian Tiffert Midfielder Seattle Sounders 90 970 San Jose
14 Marvin Chávez Midfielder San Jose Earthquakes 86 946 Seattle Sounders
15 Michael Thomas Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 84 918 D.C. United
16 Nick DeLeon Midfielder D.C. United 90 917 Sporting KC
17 Chris Rolfe Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 912 Philadelphia Union
18 Omar Cummings Forward Colorado Rapids 66 878 FC Dallas
19 Jaime Castrillón Midfielder Colorado Rapids 70 862 FC Dallas
20 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 85 856 Real Salt Lake