Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: As Seattle Sounders rise, so does Eddie Johnson
The Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in six. And it kind of feels like Eddie Johnson is just getting started.
The veteran striker had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring two and setting up another as his side dropped a rave green-tinged hurting on Western Conference frontrunners FC Dallas. EJ was clearly the man of the match, and was also named MLS Player of the Week. The numbers agreed, so he finds himself at the top of the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 as well.
Johnson's run of strong form has come while playing in the central channel, and allowing either Lamar Neagle or Obafemi Martins to do much of the field-stretching. In other words, Johnson is now more of a pure No. 9, and it's working out pretty well, since Neagle found a spot in the Castrol Top 20 as well, coming in at No. 4 thanks to his efforts in the 4-2 win.
Landon Donovan continued his return from an offseason sabbatical with two strong performances this week, though obviously it was his midweek performance against Philadelphia that was the stronger. Donovan ended up with a goal and two assits as his LA Galaxy took the Union apart to the tune of 4-1, and claimed the No. 2 spot for the week.
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum continued to be one of the more underrated netminders in the league, and his solid showing in a 1-0 win at Toronto was good enough for the No. 3 spot. New York Red Bulls netminder Luis Robles, who stymied Donovan and the Galaxy on Sunday, rounded out the top five.
See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.
Castrol Index Week 12 Top 20 Performers
|1||Eddie Johnson||Forward||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,838|
|2||Landon Donovan||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||1,683|
|3||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Toronto FC||1,653|
|4||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,568|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,415|
|6||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Chicago Fire||1,317|
|7||José Correa||Forward||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,236|
|8||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,145|
|9||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||64||Seattle Sounders||1,058|
|10||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,023|
|11||Stephen McCarthy||Defender||New England Revolution||90||Houston Dynamo||1,023|
|12||Ned Grabavoy||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,006|
|13||A.J. DeLaGarza||Defender||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||993|
|14||Kyle Porter||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Sporting Kansas City||985|
|15||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Colorado Rapids||970|
|16||Shane O'Neill||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||89||San Jose Earthquakes||962|
|17||Robbie Keane||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||950|
|18||Amobi Okugo||Midfielder||Philadelphia Union||90||LA Galaxy||948|
|19||Jorge Villafaña||Midfielder||Chivas USA||88||Real Salt Lake||926|
|20||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Chicago Fire||923|