Castrol Weekly Top 20: Is Keane in the MVP hunt?

Castrol Index - Robbie Keane (Week 32)

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This news may creep up on people with one week left in the 2012 regular season: Robbie Keane is the most important player on the LA Galaxy.

The Irish Designated Player added another goal in a 2-2 draw against San Jose on Sunday and his performance against the newly crowned Supporters' Shield winners earned him the top spot in the Castrol Weekly Top 20 for Week 32. (See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.)

But with 16 goals and eight assists on the season, Keane's already the No. 1-ranked player in the overall Castrol Index and this chart says that he has outperformed Golden Boot leader and MVP frontrunner Chris Wondolowski, who came in at No. 9 in the Castrol Top 20 this week.

How influential has Keane been? In an injury-ravaged season for superstars David Beckham and Landon Donovan, the former EPL star has been LA's most consistent contributor despite also juggling national team commitments with the Republic of Ireland. In fact, in his 27 starts for the Galaxy this year he has contributed a goal or assist in 18 of them.

Keane is joined on this week's list by teammate Edson Buddle (No. 3), but Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning may have enjoyed the best week of any player, appearing twice in the Top 20 for each of the two games he played. His performances ranked at No. 5 and No. 10, perhaps giving the Austrian a slight leg up on his rival for Goalkeeper of the Year, Jimmy Nielsen (No. 6).

Goalkeepers take up eight of the 20 spots in this edition of the Castrol Top 20, while there are just two defenders (Tony Beltran at No. 7 and Darrius Barnes at No. 20) and a lone rookie as Nick DeLeon makes a final Rookie of the Year push with a No. 2 finish.

Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 32 Powered by Castrol Index

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Points vs.
1 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 1,410 SJ Earthquakes
2 Nick DeLeon Midfielder D.C. United 90 1,332 Columbus Crew
3 Edson Buddle Forward LA Galaxy 90 1,322 SJ Earthquakes
4 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 90 1,289 Seattle Sounders
5 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 1,216 Real Salt Lake
6 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 1,198 NY Red Bulls
7 Tony Beltran Defender Real Salt Lake 90 1,149 Seattle Sounders
8 Freddy Hall Goalkeeper Toronto FC 90 1,133 Montreal Impact
9 Chris Wondolowski Forward SJ Earthquakes 90 1,099 LA Galaxy
10 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 1,097 FC Dallas
11 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 1,071 Houston Dynamo
12 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 1,049 Whitecaps FC
13 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 1,049 Toronto FC
14 Fredy Montero Forward Seattle Sounders 90 1,014 FC Dallas
15 Eddie Gaven Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 1,004 D.C. United
16 Brad Evans Midfielder Seattle Sounders 90 966 FC Dallas
17 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 958 Sporting KC
18 Collen Warner Midfielder Montreal Impact 90 938 Toronto FC
19 Steward Ceus Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 912 Chivas USA
20 Darrius Barnes Defender New England Revolution 90 900 Chicago Fire