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
|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|