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Castrol Index - Alvaro Saborio (Week 30)

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WATCH: Saborio's hat trick vs. Chivas USA

The swagger is back.

MLS fans got a taste of some vintage Real Salt Lake over the weekend thanks to a hat trick of goals authored by Álvaro Saborío, who moved to No. 2 in the Golden Boot race and No. 1 in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 as the top MLS performer in Week 30. (Read all about the Castrol methodology here.)

While RSL's 4-0 shutout of Chivas USA earned plaudits for Saborío and Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando in Castrol's Top 20, the weekend's other four-goal performance – New York's win over Toronto FC – resulted in four Red Bulls making the Castrol cut, including Kenny Cooper (No. 2), Markus Holgersson (No. 4), Tim Cahill (No. 6) and Thierry Henry (No. 14).

Scoring goals helps you rise the ranks. That explains how FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez (No. 3), San Jose's Steven Lenhart (No. 5), Sporting's Graham Zusi (No. 7) and Columbus' Jair Arrieta (No. 9) all made the Top 10 with braces last weekend.

With all the scoring going 'round, goalkeepers are less evident this week, but it was still interesting to see the rivals from the most recent Cascadia Cup battle finish back-to-back. Brad Knighton (Vancouver) and Michael Gspurning (Seattle) happened to fall at No. 18 and No. 19, respectively.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 30+ Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Álvaro Saborío Forward Real Salt Lake 73 2,127 Chivas USA
2 Kenny Cooper Forward NY Red Bulls 90 1,807 Toronto FC
3 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 90 1,314 SJ Earthquakes
4 Markus Holgersson Defender NY Red Bulls 90 1,268 Toronto FC
5 Steven Lenhart Forward SJ Earthquakes 39 1,230 FC Dallas
6 Tim Cahill Midfielder NY Red Bulls 90 1,215 Toronto FC
7 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting KC 90 1,195 Chicago Fire
8 Drew Moor Defender Colorado Rapids 90 1,145 LA Galaxy
9 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 65 1,132 Philadelphia Union
10 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting KC 90 1,116 Chicago Fire
11 Miller Bolaños Midfielder Chivas USA 90 1,061 Real Salt Lake
12 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 1,057 Chivas USA
13 Milovan Mirosevic Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 1,030 Philadelphia Union
14 Thierry Henry Forward NY Red Bulls 90 1,008 Toronto FC
15 Chris Wondolowski Forward SJ Earthquakes 90 999 FC Dallas
16 Ricardo Clark Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 988 New England
17 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 939 SJ Earthquakes
18 Brad Knighton Goalkeeper Vancouver Whitecaps 90 934 Seattle Sounders
19 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 886 Vancouver
20 Kei Kamara Forward Sporting KC 90 874 Chicago Fire