Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Chad Marshall rises above in Columbus Crew stunner

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It was one of the upsets of the season thus far, and it left Montreal Impact coach Marco Schällibaum calling the Columbus Crew his team's version of kryptonite. And it may have started at the feet of genius playmaker Federico Higuaín, but it finished with the head of veteran defender Chad Marshall.

Marshall may have had an ugly moment in that 2-1 win at Stade Saputo – an early miscommunication with goalkeeper Matt Lampson that let Marco Di Vaio, No. 2 on this list, head home his league-leading 18th goal of the season. But he made up for it later with a clinical, towering header and his usual stellar defensive performance and his organization of the backline. For his efforts, he earned the top spot in this week's Castrol Index.

While Marshall had the best individual showing of the weekend (by the numbers), there's no question that the Seattle Sounders were the big winners from a team perspective. Their 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Friday night was a study in dominance, and as a result they put four different players – including MLS Player of the Week Obafemi Martins – in the top 20.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Castrol Index Week 29 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Chad Marshall Defender Columbus Crew 90 Montreal Impact 1,616
2 Marco Di Vaio Forward Montreal Impact 90 Columbus Crew 1,589
3 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,403
4 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 D.C. United 1,280
5 Juan Luis Anangono Forward Chicago Fire 71 New England Revolution 1,269
6 David Ousted Goalkeeper Vancouver Whitecaps 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,254
7 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 Real Salt Lake 1,158
8 Thierry Henry Forward New York Red Bulls 90 Toronto FC 1,129
9 Zach Scott Defender Seattle Sounders FC 90 Real Salt Lake 1,125
10 Jair Benitez Defender FC Dallas 90 Colorado Rapids 1,114
11 Obafemi Martins Forward Seattle Sounders FC 90 Real Salt Lake 1,095
12 Michael Gspurning Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders FC 90 Real Salt Lake 1,074
13 Bryan de la Fuente Midfielder Chivas USA 90 Portland Timbers 1,061
14 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 Montreal Impact 1,031
15 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,000
16 David Ferreira Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Colorado Rapids 999
17 Mike Magee Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 New England Revolution 930
18 Ricardo Clark Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 Philadelphia Union 846
19 Jeff Larentowicz Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 New England Revolution 835
20 Pa-Modou Kah Defender Portland Timbers 90 Chivas USA 808