Castrol Weekly Top 20: Look who's back atop of his game

Castrol Index - CJ Sapong (Week 28)

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WATCH: C.J. Sapong equalizes late vs. Houston

Welcome back, C.J. Sapong.

With the starting forward job firmly in hand after the long-term injury to his Sporting Kansas City teammate Teal Bunbury, Sapong has learned what it feels like to score again. His late equalizer and overall performance against the Houston Dynamo last Friday earned him the top spot in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 as the best-rated player in MLS over the last week (read all about the Castrol methodology here).

It had been nearly three months since the 2011 Rookie of the Year last found the back of the net. And during that dry spell he was in and out of Sporting's lineup. Now he's determined not to give up his place.

East-leading Sporting KC also contributed four other players to the Top 20, taking more than a fifth of the overall standings. One of their direct competitors for the Eastern Conference title, the New York Red Bulls, also figured prominently in this week's table with three players, including DP Thierry Henry (No. 2)

We'll see if Sporting KC's dominance in the Castrol Top 20 reflects in Wednesday night's massive matchup between the two clubs at Red Bull Arena in a key clash with Supporters' Shield and playoff seeding implications.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 28+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 C.J. Sapong Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 1,582 Houston Dynamo
2 Thierry Henry Forward New York Red Bulls 90 1,271 Columbus Crew
3 Rodney Wallace Defender Portland Timbers 90 1,199 Seattle Sounders
4 Kelyn Rowe Midfielder New England Revolution 90 1,178 D.C. United
5 Eric Hassli Forward Toronto FC 90 1,164 Chicago Fire
6 Sheanon Williams Defender Philadelphia Union 90 1,094 Toronto FC
7 Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Chicago Fire 90 1,085 Toronto FC
8 Chance Myers Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 1,078 Houston Dynamo
9 Kevin Hartman Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 1,052 Vancouver
10 Milovan Mirosevic Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 1,041 NY Red Bulls
11 Sherjill MacDonald Forward Chicago Fire 76 1,020 Montreal Impact
12 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 1,002 Houston Dynamo
13 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 1,000 Chivas USA
14 Kei Kamara Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 984 Houston Dynamo
15 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 956 Sporting KC
16 Alex Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 948 Montreal Impact
17 Dax McCarty Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 938 Columbus Crew
18 Matt Besler Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 929 Houston Dynamo
19 Bill Gaudette Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 919 Columbus Crew
20 Fredy Montero Forward Seattle Sounders 90 876 Portland Timbers