Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: 'Keepers keep stealing the show in MLS

There's a reason that scoring is down nearly half-a-goal per game this season: The guys in net are playing really, really good soccer.

Once again, a large number of goalkeepers threw shutouts at the weekend, and for the third straight week a netminder found himself at the top top of the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. This time, the honor went to New England Revolution's Bobby Shuttleworth, who kept his team in it from beginning to end in a scoreless draw at Seattle on Saturday.

Shuttleworth was one of five 'keepers to crack the top six, with the last two winners – FC Dallas' Raúl Fernández and Portland Timbers' Donovan Ricketts – coming in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. New York's Luis Robles, who backstopped a 2-0 win for the Red Bulls at RFK, finished fifth, while Real Salt Lake veteran Nick Rimando placed sixth for his team's 1-1 draw at Vancouver.

Only Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney, who picked up his fourth goal of the year in a 1-1 draw vs. Toronto FC, broke the 'keeper hegemony, finishing fourth.

In all, nine 'keepers found a home in the Top 20 this past week. LA's Carlo Cudicini finished eighth for his efforts in a 1-0 loss at Dallas, while Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy was ninth despite a 1-0 home loss to Colorado. TFC's Joe Bendik finished 13th for his spectacular effort at Philly, while the Rapids' Clint Irwin pulled in at No. 16 notching his second straight win and first career shutout.

MLS Player of the Week Brad Davis, who had a goal and an assist as the Houston Dynamo topped Chicago to extend their home unbeaten streak to 35 games, finished 14th.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Castrol Index Week 7 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Bobby Shuttleworth Goalkeeper New England Revolution 90 Seattle Sounders FC 1,544
2 Raúl Fernández Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,522
3 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,448
4 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,342
5 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,285
6 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,197
7 Conor Casey Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Toronto FC 1,165
8 Carlo Cudicini Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 FC Dallas 1,153
9 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 Colorado Rapids 1,142
10 George John Defender FC Dallas 90 LA Galaxy 1,082
11 Camilo Sanvezzo Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 88 Real Salt Lake 1,082
12 Jámison Olave Defender New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,074
13 Joe Bendik Goalkeeper Toronto FC 90 Philadelphia Union 1,041
14 Brad Davis Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Chicago Fire 1,022
15 Djimi Traoré Defender Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 921
16 Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 Chivas USA 916
17 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 75 Chicago Fire 895
18 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 New England Revolution 890
19 Víctor Bernárdez Defender San Jose Earthquakes 90 Portland Timbers 856
20 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 90 Montreal Impact 851