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