Castrol Weekly Top 20: Klinsmann, are you watching EJ?

Castrol Index - Eddie Johnson (Week 27)

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WATCH: Eddie Johnson's brace downs Chivas USA

Eddie Johnson is fast taking the place of Sacha Kljestan as the player USMNT supporters most feel deserves a breakthrough call-up.

The Sounders forward, who has 42 caps and 12 goals for his country, continues to find the net with regularity in MLS and his brace against Chivas USA on Saturday earned him the top spot in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 as the top performer in MLS over the last week (read all about the Castrol methodology here).

The goals also added to EJ's season total, lifting him to fourth in the league charts (13), just five away from top scorer Chris Wondolowski.

But are they enough to launch Johnson in the discussion with current USMNT forwards Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd and Herculez Gomez? Wondolowski, who had been a regular in Klinsmann's recent rosters, was left off the most recent World Cup qualifying roster for the matches against Jamaica.

No need to a double take. Yes, those are seven Colorado Rapids players who take the cake as far as the team with the most players represented.

The light schedule -- only four league matches were played between last Wednesday and Saturday -- rewarded the Rapids, who landed seven players in this week's Top 20. Six other spots were also occupied by players whose teams currently stand outside the playoff picture (New England, Chivas USA and Portland).

Rapids rookie Tony Cascio (No. 2) made a strong impression over the FIFA international window, carrying his team in its 3-0 win over Portland. Cascio's teammate, Andre Akpan (No. 5), similarly scored a goal and earned high praise from manager Oscar Pareja, who singled him out for more playing time in the future.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 27+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Eddie Johnson Forward Seattle Sounders 90 1,763 Chivas USA
2 Tony Cascio Forward Colorado Rapids 80 1,576 Portland Timbers
3 Matt Reis Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 1,090 Columbus Crew
4 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 1,080 Real Salt Lake
5 Andre Akpan Forward Colorado Rapids 90 1,006 Portland Timbers
6 Jaime Castrillon Midfielder Colorado Rapids 90 1,000 Portland Timbers
7 Matt Pickens Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 997 Portland Timbers
8 Diego Fagundez Forward New England Revolution 72 931 Columbus Crew
9 Casey Townsend Forward Chivas USA 90 828 Seattle Sounders
10 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 90 783 New England
11 Javier Morales Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 773 Houston Dynamo
12 Ned Grabavoy Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 768 Houston Dynamo
13 Diego Chara Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 754 Colorado Rapids
14 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 717 Real Salt Lake
15 Florian Lechner Defender New England Revolution 90 698 Columbus Crew
16 Nick LaBrocca Midfielder Chivas USA 90 694 Seattle Sounders
17 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 88 680 Real Salt Lake
18 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 679 Portland Timbers
19 Tyrone Marshall Defender Colorado Rapids 90 649 Portland Timbers
20 Marvell Wynne Defender Colorado Rapids 90 628 Portland Timbers