When players score in their teams' wins, they usually have good games. But when players score hat tricks, they really set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.
That was the case in Week 23 for FC Dallas rookie Tesho Akindele, who scored three goals in his team's 5-0 victory over San Jose and tops the Castrol Index Weekly Rankings as a result. Akindele is joined in the Top 5 for the week by teammate Fabian Castillo (No. 5), who scored a pair of goals himself and set up one of Akindele's tallies.
Rounding out the upper part of the rankings are Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin (No. 2), who scored the winner over the Philadelphia Union, David Ousted (No. 3), as he kept a shutout on the road for the Vancouver Whitecaps against Chivas USA, and another goalkeeper, Evan Bush, who notched a shutout of his own in a rare win for the Montreal Impact.
See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology.
Castrol Index Week 23 Top 20 Performers
|1||Tesho Akindele||Forward||FC Dallas||90||1,909||San Jose Earthquakes|
|2||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||87||1,626||Philadelphia Union|
|3||David Ousted||Goalkeeper||Vancouver Whitecaps||90||1,519||Chivas USA|
|4||Evan Bush||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||1,268||Chicago Fire|
|5||Fabian Castillo||Forward||FC Dallas||77||1,267||San Jose Earthquakes|
|6||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||1,249||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|7||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||1,246||Philadelphia Union|
|8||Gilberto||Forward||Toronto FC||90||1,237||Toronto FC|
|9||Luke Mulholland||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||1,195||Seattle Sounders|
|10||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||1,186||San Jose Earthquakes|
|11||Deshorn Brown||Forward||Colorado Rapids||90||1,179||D.C. United|
|12||Giancarlo Gonzalez||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||1,171||LA Galaxy|
|13||Steve Clark||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||1,063||LA Galaxy|
|14||Gyasi Zardes||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||1,050||Columbus Crew|
|15||Erick Torres||Forward||Chivas USA||81||1,046||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|16||Joao Plata||Forward||Real Salt Lake||80||949||Seattle Sounders|
|17||Ethan Finlay||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||942||LA Galaxy|
|18||Liam Ridgewell||Defender||Portland Timbers||90||903||New England Revolution|
|19||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||840||Chicago Fire|
|20||Teal Bunbury||Forward||New England Revolution||90||835||