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Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Unheralded Andrew Dykstra has DC United climbing in Week 6

Andrew Dykstra - Castrol

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Suddenly, D.C. United are the hottest team in the league. And the man they can thank most is their goalkeeper – an unheralded backup who hadn't played an MLS minute since 2010, but has now won two in a row.

Andrew Dykstra will probably hold onto that starting job for a bit longer, and for this week anyway, he's also got a hold of the No. 1 spot in the Castrol Weekly Top 20. He won the honors thanks to his performance in a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, United's second shutout win on the trot.

Fellow 'keeper Jaime Penedo claimed the No. 2 spot thanks to his strong showing in the LA Galaxy's 1-0 win over Vancouver, while a trio of Designated Player MVP candidates – LA's Robbie Keane, the Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey, and the Columbus Crew's Federico Higuaín – rounded out the top five.

Dempsey won his second straight Player of the Week award thanks to his two goals in Seattle's 3-2 win at previously unbeaten FC Dallas, while Keane had the game-winner vs. the 'Caps and Higuaín had the Crew's only goal in a 1-1 draw at San Jose.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology.

Castrol Index Week 6 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Andrew Dykstra Goalkeeper D.C. United 90 New York Red Bulls 1,443
2 Jaime Penedo Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,353
3 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Vancouver Whitecaps 1,330
4 Clint Dempsey Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 FC Dallas 1,185
5 Federico Higuaín Forward Columbus Crew 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,147
6 David Texeira Forward FC Dallas 85 Seattle Sounders FC 1,123
7 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 Philadelphia Union 1,094
8 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Columbus Crew 1,081
9 Quincy Amarikwa Forward Chicago Fire 90 Montreal Impact 1,072
10 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 D.C. United 1,057
11 Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 Toronto FC 1,046
12 Troy Perkins Goalkeeper Montreal Impact 90 Chicago Fire 1,021
13 Maurice Edu Midfielder Philadelphia Union 90 Real Salt Lake 1,008
14 Kevin Alston Defender New England Revolution 90 Houston Dynamo 998
15 Edson Buddle Forward Colorado Rapids 90 Toronto FC 948
16 Álvaro Saborío Forward Real Salt Lake 90 Philadelphia Union 901
17 Steve Clark Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 San Jose Earthquakes 876
18 Bobby Boswell Defender D.C. United 90 New York Red Bulls 824
19 Erick Torres Forward Chivas USA 90 Portland Timbers 819
20 Davy Arnaud Midfielder D.C. United 66 New York Red Bulls 818