Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: In Jack McBean, LA Galaxy have a talent to build around

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The Castrol Index sure loves a center forward. And there may not be a single one in MLS with the long-term potential of LA Galaxy prodigy Jack McBean.

The 18-year-old actually had a frustrating game in Saturday night's 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, but his solid positioning, hold-up play and ability to find chances saw him top the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 4. He may not have gotten any Player of the Week votes, but clearly something is going fundamentally right for him.

What went wrong for him was the presence of Colorado fill-in goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who's looking like a long-term solution in the absence of veteran Matt Pickens. Irwin celebrated his first career start with a handful of spectacular saves that kept his team in it until the end, which was good enough for the No. 7 spot in this week's ranking.

Irwin was one of five 'keepers in the top seven, with San Jose veteran Jon Busch leading the way at No. 2, followed by New England's Matt Reis at No. 3. Chris Seitz, like Irwin making his first start of the year, came in at No. 4, and Montreal's Troy Perkins was ranked sixth in collecting his second shutout of the season. See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

A quartet of second-year players also made their presence felt, led by Houston's Warren Creavalle. The utility man lined up on the right side of midfield and found himself plenty of looks on goal before eventually depositing the game-winner against Vancouver, good for 10th spot in the Index. Ben Speas, who looks to have solidified a starting role for the Columbus Crew in short order, came in at No. 11, while a sliding block of Devon Sandoval's point-blank shot on goal was the highlight of FC Dallas central defender Matt Hedges' No. 12 performance.

Rounding out the sophomores was Vancouver's Darren Mattocks, who got his first goal of the season in his side's 2-1 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium, taking the 15th spot.

Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponents Points
1 Jack McBean Forward LA Galaxy 90 Colorado Rapids 1,696
2 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 Seattle Sounders 1,485
3 Matt Reis Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Sporting KC 1,484
4 Chris Seitz Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Real Salt Lake 1,313
5 Jackson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Real Salt Lake 1,258
6 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 New York Red Bulls 1,207
7 Clinton Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 LA Galaxy 1,146
8 Josh Williams Defender Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,138
9 Tyson Wahl Defender Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,123
10 Warren Creavalle Defender Houston Dynamo 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,115
11 Ben Speas Midfielder Columbus Crew 88 D.C. United 1,081
12 Matt Hedges Defender FC Dallas 90 Real Salt Lake 1,070
13 Benny Feilhaber Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 New England Revolution 1,039
14 Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Colorado Rapids 1,033
15 Darren Mattocks Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 90 Houston Dynamo 1,018
16 Giles Barnes Midfielder Houston Dynamo 80 Vancouver Whitecaps 985
17 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 921
18 Clyde Simms Midfielder New England Revolution 90 Sporting KC 909
19 Aurélien Collin Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 New England Revolution 860
20 Chad Marshall Defender Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 858