Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Clint Irwin's magic keeps Colorado Rapids in the playoff race

Clint Irwin - Castrol

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Where would the Colorado Rapids be without Clint Irwin?

The young 'keeper, who stepped in for the injured Matt Pickens early in the season and hasn't come close to letting go of the starting job since, put in perhaps his best performance of the season in this past weekend's 1-0 whitewashing of the LA Galaxy in Carson, Calif., and for his efforts earned the top spot in this week's Castrol Top 20.

Irwin's biggest save was one of his first on the night, when he got to the near post early and stoned Jack McBean, who also clocked into the top 20 for his efforts.

Fellow goalkeepers Michael Gspurning and Jon Busch rounded out the top three, hinting at a fight to the finish in the Western Conference. Last week's No. 1, Erick Torres, finished sixth this week on the strength of yet another goal, his seventh in nine games.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Castrol Index Week 28 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Away Points
1 Clinton Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 LA Galaxy 1,381
2 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders FC 90 Chivas USA 1,376
3 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 Philadelphia Union 1,367
4 Chad Barson Defender Columbus Crew 90 Houston Dynamo 1,289
5 Rodney Wallace Defender Portland Timbers 90 Toronto FC 1,241
6 Erick Torres Forward Chivas USA 90 D.C. United 1,178
7 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 Chicago Fire 1,142
8 Marco Di Vaio Forward Montreal Impact 90 New England Revolution 1,129
9 Bill Hamid Goalkeeper D.C. United 90 Chivas USA 1,066
10 C.J. Sapong Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 Columbus Crew 1,065
11 Jonny Steele Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 Houston Dynamo 1,044
12 Bradley Wright-Phillips Forward New York Red Bulls 90 Houston Dynamo 1,032
13 Jack McBean Forward LA Galaxy 66 Colorado Rapids 1,030
14 Jose Villarreal Midfielder LA Galaxy 90 Colorado Rapids 1,018
15 Ryan Finley Forward Columbus Crew 74 Houston Dynamo 1,008
16 Chris Seitz Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 999
17 Jason Johnson Forward Houston Dynamo 90 New York Red Bulls 986
18 Will Johnson Midfielder Portland Timbers 90 Toronto FC 983
19 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 D.C. United 979
20 Justin Meram Forward Columbus Crew 90 Houston Dynamo 972