Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Peru international Raul Fernandez shows his class for FC Dallas

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Very quietly, there's a goalkeeper battle happening at FC Dallas. Two weekends ago, veteran Chris Seitz staked his claim in a 2-0 home win over Real Salt Lake to take the No. 4 spot in the Castrol Index.

This past weekend, Peruvian international Raúl Fernández did him three better.

Fernández returned from a weekend of international action to backstop surprising FC Dallas to a 1-0 win in New England, seeing his team to the top of the Western Conference and himself to the top the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 5. FCD are off to their best-ever start to the regular season, having picked up 12 points from five outings, and stellar play in goal – whether it happens to be Seitz or Fernández – is a big part of the reason why.

Coming in at No. 2 is a guy MLS fans should be very familiar with: current Golden Boot leader Mike Magee. The LA Galaxy attacker picked up his fifth goal of the season in a 2-2 draw at Toronto, and were it not for some heroics from TFC's Joe Bendik, could easily have had another.

Robbie Findley finally got the first marker since his return to Real Salt Lake, the opener in their 2-1 win over Seattle, before limping off after 14 minutes. It's rare to see such a brief stint earn such a high score in the Index, but such was Findley's influence in his brief appearance. See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Findley's fill-in strike partner, rookie Devon Sandoval, got his second straight Index appearance, coming in at No. 5 thanks to a night of hard work and multiple scoring chances created. He didn't finish as well as he'd have liked, but the guy at No. 4 – Chivas USA's Eric Avila – certainly did, notching a Goal of the Week nominee in his team's 2-1 win over Vancouver.

Castrol Index Week 5 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponents Points
1 Raúl Fernández Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 New England Revolution 1,443
2 Mike Magee Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Toronto FC 1,430
3 Robbie Findley Forward Real Salt Lake 14 Seattle Sounders FC 1,162
4 Eric Avila Midfielder Chivas USA 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,144
5 Devon Sandoval Forward Real Salt Lake 90 Seattle Sounders FC 1,101
6 Will Johnson Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 Colorado Rapids 1,001
7 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 82 San Jose Earthquakes 965
8 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 San Jose Earthquakes 960
9 David Ferreira Midfielder FC Dallas 90 New England Revolution 929
10 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 Houston Dynamo 919
11 Matt Besler Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Montreal Impact 875
12 Luis Gil Midfielder Real Salt Lake 62 Seattle Sounders FC 873
13 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Montreal Impact 856
14 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 Philadelphia Union 825
15 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Seattle Sounders FC 816
16 Joao Plata Forward Real Salt Lake 76 Seattle Sounders FC 814
17 Giles Barnes Midfielder Houston Dynamo 70 San Jose Earthquakes 804
18 Juan Toja Midfielder New England Revolution 90 FC Dallas 802
19 Brad Evans Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 80 Real Salt Lake 778
20 Jimmy Nielsen Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 Montreal Impact 778