Things seem to be looking up for the San Jose Earthquakes.
In a relatively light week, Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch topped the Castrol Index Top 20 for Week 16 with a terrific performance in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, the first under new San Jose interim manager Mark Watson. Busch's six saves helped the Quakes hold off the resurgent Rapids, down a man for more than 70 minutes after Atiba Harris' sending off.
However, it was multiple players from Colorado and the New England Revolution who distinguished themselves despite being on the wrong side of their respective results. Nathan Sturgis (No. 2), Brian Mullan (No. 7), Drew Moor (No. 10), and Marvell Wynne (No. 14) all rated highly in a losing cause for the Rapids, while Scott Caldwell (No. 11), Dimitry Imbongo (No. 15), and Juan Agudelo (No. 19) made the grade for the Revs following a wild 4-3 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.
Castrol Index Week 16 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Colorado Rapids||1,349|
|2||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,326|
|3||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,306|
|4||Kenny Miller||Forward||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||1,246|
|5||Diego Chará||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||1,085|
|6||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||988|
|7||Brian Mullan||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||981|
|8||Dominic Oduro||Forward||Columbus Crew||89||Montreal Impact||972|
|9||Joe Bendik||Goalkeeper||Toronto FC||90||D.C. United||912|
|10||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||821|
|11||Scott Caldwell||Midfielder||New England Revolution||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||811|
|12||Diego Valeri||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||FC Dallas||783|
|13||Jordan Harvey||Defender||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||New England Revolution||760|
|14||Marvell Wynne||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||759|
|15||Dimitry Imbongo||Forward||New England Revolution||22||Vancouver Whitecaps||746|
|16||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Portland Timbers||745|
|17||Robert Earnshaw||Forward||Toronto FC||79||D.C. United||702|
|18||Chad Marshall||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||Montreal Impact||698|
|19||Juan Agudelo||Forward||New England Revolution||74||Vancouver Whitecaps||694|
|20||Nick DeLeon||Midfielder||D.C. United||90||Toronto FC||678|