Castrol Weekly Top 20: Klinsmann was on to something

Castrol Index - Alan Gordon (Week 25)

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Alan Gordon has had a fine season for the San Jose Earthquakes, yet his recent USMNT call-up for the epic victory in Mexico was still considered a surprise for many.

But US manager Jurgen Klinsmann was on to something.

In his first MLS match since that call-up, Gordon registered a brace — this time as a starter instead of his usual bench role — and reached double-digit goals for the first time in his professional career. And the No. 1 ranking in the Castrol Top 20. It was good enough to beat out Seattle hat-trick hero Fredy Montero (No. 2). Read all about the Castrol methodology here.

WATCH: Gordon's 1st vs. Colorado

Portland's Darlington Nagbe is another player in fine form, once again featuring on the list at No. 14. Meanwhile, former Klinsmann regular Juan Agudelo is proving he may be worthy of another look with a No. 8 finish, two spots above another Mexico City call-up, Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler (No. 10).

It was a good week to be a goalkeeper with six netminders in the Top 20, including two "Halls." Houston's Tally Hall clocked in at No. 7, while his namesake Freddy Hall of Toronto FC made it at No. 13.

Competition is fierce. Just look at the Crew's foreign contingent of DP Federico Higuaín and forward Jairo Arrieta. They were the talk of the MLS weekend and only squeaked into this week's list at No. 18 and No. 20.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 25+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Alan Gordon Forward San Jose Earthquakes 78 2,267 Colorado Rapids
2 Fredy Montero Forward Seattle Sounders 90 1,485 Chivas USA
3 Dwayne De Rosario Forward D.C. United 90 1,400 Chicago Fire
4 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 1,253 D.C. United
5 Juninho Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 1,232 FC Dallas
6 Luis Silva Forward Toronto FC 90 1,200 Houston Dynamo
7 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 1,152 Toronto FC
8 Juan Agudelo Forward Chivas USA 90 1,117 Seattle Sounders
9 Josh Saunders Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 1,096 FC Dallas
10 Matt Besler Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 1,072 NY Red Bulls
11 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 1,040 Philadelphia
12 Chris Pontius Forward D.C. United 85 1,037 Chicago Fire
13 Freddy Hall Goalkeeper Toronto FC 90 1,031 Houston Dynamo
14 Darlington Nagbe Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 1,014 Vancouver
15 Simon Dawkins Midfielder San Jose Earthquakes 90 1,010 Colorado Rapids
16 Terry Dunfield Midfielder Toronto FC 90 1,006 Houston Dynamo
17 Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Philadelphia Union 90 1,005 Real Salt Lake
18 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 90 987 New England
19 Jerry Bengtson Forward New England Revolution 90 923 Columbus Crew
20 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 75 909 Toronto FC