Castrol Weekly Top 20: MF's rollercoaster ride to No. 1

Castrol Index - Jackson (Week 26)

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FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman has often criticized Jackson for his finishing.

What's ironic is that the Brazilian's finishing against the Seattle Sounders earned him a No. 1 ranking in the Castrol Index Top 20 and may have also cost FC Dallas their ticket to the playoffs at the very same time.

WATCH: Jackson's goal vs. Seattle

His 32nd-minute equalizer got FC Dallas back in the match against the Sounders and helped him leap to the top of the Week 26 rankings of the top performers around the league (read all about the Castrol methodology here). But for as well as he played on Sunday night, his conscience will also have to bear the failure of converting on a golden opportunity in the second half that could have resulted in a victory.

The ability for him to make up for the error is only days away as FC Dallas host the Vancouver Whitecaps on September 15 in a direct matchup for the fifth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference. Just four points separate the teams with five matches to play in FCD's season.

Jackson's teammate, Kevin Hartman, was the other FC Dallas player to make the list. He was one of eight goalkeepers in another banner week for the men wearing the gloves. San Jose's Jon Busch, who could've easily seen red after just 13 minutes against Chivas USA, was the highest-ranked 'keeper at No. 3.

D.C. United's Nick DeLeon was the only rookie to make the cut and he joined elite company alongside Designated Players Tim Cahill (No. 14), Federico Higuain (No. 16) and Marco Di Vaio (No. 19).

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 26+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Jackson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 1,357 Seattle Sounders
2 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 1,283 Vancouver
3 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 1,243 SJ Earthquakes
4 Shalrie Joseph Midfielder Chivas USA 90 1,240 New England
5 Matt Reis Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 1,226 Philadelphia Union
6 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 1,188 FC Dallas
7 Will Johnson Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 1,181 D.C. United
8 Miller Bolaños Midfielder Chivas USA 90 1,177 New England
9 Eddie Gaven Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 1,159 Philadelphia Union
10 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 1,139 Colorado Rapids
11 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 1,128 D.C. United
12 Chad Marshall Defender Columbus Crew 90 1,120 Montreal Impact
13 Daniel Paladini Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 1,116 Houston Dynamo
14 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 1,109 D.C. United
15 Nick DeLeon Midfielder D.C. United 90 1,052 NY Red Bulls
16 Federico Higuain Forward Columbus Crew 90 1,033 Philadelphia Union
17 Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Philadelphia Union 90 1,027 New England
18 Kevin Hartman Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 1,014 Seattle Sounders
19 Marco Di Vaio Forward Montreal Impact 90 946 Columbus Crew
20 Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Chicago Fire 90 946 Houston Dynamo