Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Nick Rimando paces the pack in Week 18

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He's about to represent the US national team at the Gold Cup, but Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave his club one more terrific performance before departing.

Rimando's performance against Toronto FC in a 1-0 win Saturday put the RSL man atop the Castrol Index Weekly rankings for Week 18. He made four saves on the day to help his team earn the shutout, and their first-ever win in Toronto.

Behind Rimando was Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara (No. 2), whose brace in the match included the game-winner over Columbus, FC Dallas forward Blas Pérez (No. 3), who hit the dramatic game-tying goal very late in second-half stoppage time against the Philadelphia Union, and Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton (No. 4), who kept a clean sheet of his own in a 1-0 road win over D.C. United.

MLS Player of the Week Alan Gordon (No. 5) rounds out the Top 5, as his brace against the LA Galaxy in the California Clasico gave the San Jose Earthquakes the shocking 3-2 comeback win.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Castrol Index Week 18 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Toronto FC 1,784
2 Kei Kamara Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 Columbus Crew 1,628
3 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 90 Philadelphia Union 1,423
4 Brad Knighton Goalkeeper Vancouver Whitecaps 90 D.C. United 1,381
5 Alan Gordon Forward San Jose Earthquakes 26 LA Galaxy 1,358
6 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 LA Galaxy 1,311
7 Marcelo Sarvas Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,244
8 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 Houston Dynamo 1,204
9 Daniele Paponi Forward Montreal Impact 84 Colorado Rapids 1,152
10 Stephen McCarthy Defender New England Revolution 90 Chivas USA 1,117
11 Amobi Okugo Midfielder Philadelphia Union 90 FC Dallas 1,115
12 Walker Zimmerman Defender FC Dallas 90 Philadelphia Union 1,106
13 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90

San Jose Earthquakes

1,098
14 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 76 Sporting Kansas City 1,059
15 Soony Saad Forward Sporting Kansas City 89 Columbus Crew 1,042
16 Sheanon Williams Defender Philadelphia Union 90 FC Dallas 1,033
17 Shea Salinas Midfielder San Jose Earthquakes 90 LA Galaxy 991
18 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 New England Revolution 974
19 Atiba Harris Forward Colorado Rapids 90 Montreal Impact 960
20 Claudio Bieler Forward Sporting Kansas City 81 Columbus Crew 942