Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Donovan Ricketts rises to the top for Portland Timbers

Donovan Ricketts' performance against the Houston Dynamo in Portland's 2-0 win on Saturday doesn't exactly jump off the stats sheet. It didn't captivate audiences or grab headlines, either.

Instead, it did exactly what Ricketts was brought to Portland to do in the first place: It locked down three points for the home side.

Ricketts wasn't spectactular, and he largely didn't have to be in Portland's win, their first of the season and the first of the Caleb Porter era. Along with the victory, he finds himself at the top top of the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 6. Teammate Ryan Johnson, who earned the MLS Player of the Week nod thanks to his two second-half goals, came in at No. 3.

A 'keeper who was unquestionably spectacular claimed the No. 2 spot for another team that got their first win of the season. Clint Irwin stopped an Álvaro Saborío penalty and produced a handful of other breathtaking moments as the Colorado Rapids topped visiting Real Salt Lake, 1-0. Irwin, who came on for injured starter Matt Pickens last month, has locked down the starting job in Colorado for the foreseeable future thanks to a series of strong performances.

Philadelphia Union youngster Jack McInerney scored his third goal and nearly set up another in the second half of his team's 1-1 draw at Columbus, and earned the No. 4 spot. Veteran Panamanian forward Blaz Pérez rounded out the top five thanks to his strong effort in FC Dallas' 2-2 draw at Toronto. See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Chicago, who like Portland and Colorado got their first win of the season on the weekend, placed three players in the Top 20. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson joined fellow fraternity members Ricketts and Irwin at No. 7; Maicon Santos was No. 8 thanks to his two goals, and midfielder Daniel Paladini's productive shift was enough for the No. 11 spot.

Castrol Index Week 6 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Donovan Ricketts Goalkeeper Portland Timbers 90 Houston 1,358
2 Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Colorado Rapids 90 Real Salt Lake 1,284
3 Ryan Johnson Forward Portland Timbers 88 Houston 1,228
4 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 90 Columbus 1,198
5 Blas Pérez Forward FC Dallas 90 Toronto FC 1,110
6 Atiba Harris Forward Colorado Rapids 90 Real Salt Lake 1,056
7 Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Chicago Fire 90 New York 1,055
8 Maicon Santos Forward Chicago Fire 27 New York 1,050
9 Andrew Jacobson Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Columbus 1,019
10 Chris Wondolowski Forward San Jose Earthquakes 90 Vancouver 1,011
11 Dan Paladini Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 New York 982
12 Matt Besler Defender Sporting Kansas City 90 D.C. United 901
13 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Philadelphia 896
14 Dominic Oduro Forward Columbus Crew 90 Philadelphia 892
15 Joe Cannon Goalkeeper Vancouver Whitecaps 90 San Jose 887
16 Jámison Olave Defender New York Red Bulls 90 Chicago 885
17 Corey Hertzog Forward Vancouver Whitecaps 81 San Jose 883
18 Michel Defender FC Dallas 90 Toronto FC 860
19 Claudio Bieler Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 D.C. United 844
20 Rodney Wallace Defender Portland Timbers 90 Houston 830



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