Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark vaults to the top in Week 4

Castrol Index: Steve Clark, Columbus Crew

Photo Credit: 
USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Crew's attackers may have been getting the headlines at the start of the season, but goalkeeper Steve Clark emerged as the top player in MLS in Week 4, at least according to the Castrol Index.

Clark, one of the Crew's additions in the offseason, made five saves against the Seattle Sounders to keep his side in the game on Saturday before Justin Meram's stoppage-time strike gave Columbus the 2-1 victory. The other player from that entertaining match to make the weekly Top 20 was Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso (No. 12).

Rounding out the top of the order this week are Blas Pérez (No. 2), whose goal helped FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers, and Perry Kitchen (No. 3), who controlled the midfield for D.C. United in their 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire. Another goalkeeper, Nick Rimando, grabbed No. 4 with a shutout over a remade Toronto FC side, and Péguy Luyindula's performance for the New York Red Bulls, capped off with the dramatic equalizer over Chivas USA, merited him the fifth position in the rankings.

Perhaps coincidentally, Sporting KC's Graham Zusi was ranked No. 10 for the second week running, following his goal-and-two-assist performance in a win over the Colorado Rapids.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology.

Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Steve Clark Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Seattle Sounders 1,327
2 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 65 Portland Timbers 1,312
3 Perry Kitchen Midfielder D.C. United 90 Chicago Fire 1,258
4 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 Toronto FC 1,116
5 Péguy Luyindula Forward New York Red Bulls 90 Chivas USA 1,076
6 Eddie Johnson Forward D.C. United 90 Chicago Fire 1,015
7 Dan Kennedy Goalkeeper Chivas USA 90 New York Red Bulls 993
8 Benny Feilhaber Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Colorado Rapids 985
9 Eric Kronberg Goalkeeper Sporting Kansas City 90 Colorado Rapids 981
10 Graham Zusi Midfielder Sporting Kansas City 90 Colorado Rapids 947
11 Lee Nguyen Midfielder New England Revolution 90 San Jose Earthquakes
945
12 Osvaldo Alonso Midfielder Seattle Sounders 90 Columbus Crew 932
13 Michael Bradley Midfielder Toronto FC 90 Real Salt Lake 929
14 Álvaro Saborío Forward Real Salt Lake 90 Toronto FC 917
15 Jordan Harvey Defender Vancouver Whitecaps 90 Houston Dynamo 915
16 Justin Mapp Midfielder Montreal Impact 90 Philadelphia Union 901
17 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Defender Chicago Fire 90 D.C. United 869
18 Mauro Díaz Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Portland Timbers 855
19 Nick LaBrocca Midfielder Colorado Rapids 90 Sporting Kansas City 847
20 Matt Besler Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 Colorado Rapids 807