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Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: LA Galaxy's Mike Magee, Robbie Keane ride to the top

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Mike Magee had a monstrous game to kick off the 2013 season, and as a result saw himself atop the year's first edition of the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20.

The veteran attacker, who's spent most of his career playing midfield, lined up as a forward on Sunday against the Chicago Fire and justified manager Bruce Arena's confidence with a hat trick. It was the first of Magee's career, and launched the two-time defending MLS Cup champions to the top of the standings. (See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here).

Last year's winner, LA's Robbie Keane, pulled in at No. 2 for his goal and assist performance in the same game. The 32-year-old Irishman now has 19 goals and 11 assists in 33 career MLS regular-season games. Teammate Omar Gonzalez joined them in the Top 20 for his help in pitching a 4-0 shutout.

Other forwards who made their presence felt were Real Salt Lake's Álvaro Saborío, Philadelphia's Sébastien Le Toux and New York's Fabián Espíndola, all of whom landed in the Top 10.

It wasn't all about the attack, however. RSL's Nick Rimando placed third on the strength of his 100th career shutout in a 2-0 statement win at San Jose, and Troy Perkins of Montreal was fourth thanks to a huge 1-0 win in Seattle.

It's no surprise to see the Portland Timbers duo of Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe make the list, as both played crucial roles in their team's comeback draw against Espíndola and the Red Bulls. Center forward Ryan Johnson also gets a mention, though he'll have to wonder how much further up the chart he could have climbed had he converted his stoppage-time bicycle attempt.

Castrol Index Week 1 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 81 Chicago Fire 1,936
2 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Chicago Fire 1,669
3 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,537
4 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Seattle Sounders 1,319
5 Álvaro Saborío Forward Real Salt Lake 87 San Jose Earthquakes 1,307
6 Sébastien Le Toux Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Sporting Kansas City 1,304
7 Fabián Espíndola Forward New York Red Bulls 72 Portland Timbers 1,304
8 Raúl Fernández Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Colorado Rapids 1,223
9 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Philadelphia Union 1,205
10 Josh Williams Defender Columbus Crew 90 Chivas USA 1,192
11 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 Philadelphia Union 1,190
12 Darlington Nagbe Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 New York Red Bulls 1,121
13 Diego Valeri Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 New York Red Bulls 1,094
14 Ricardo Clark Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 D.C. United 1,011
15 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Chivas USA 1,011
16 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 90 New York Red Bulls 1,010
17 Jackson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Colorado Rapids 979
18 Omar Gonzalez Defender LA Galaxy 90 Chicago Fire 923
19 Davy Arnaud Midfielder Montreal Impact 90 Seattle Sounders 903
20 Oriol Rosell Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Philadelphia Union 901