Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: As Seattle Sounders rise, so does Eddie Johnson

The Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in six. And it kind of feels like Eddie Johnson is just getting started.

The veteran striker had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring two and setting up another as his side dropped a rave green-tinged hurting on Western Conference frontrunners FC Dallas. EJ was clearly the man of the match, and was also named MLS Player of the Week. The numbers agreed, so he finds himself at the top of the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 as well.

Johnson's run of strong form has come while playing in the central channel, and allowing either Lamar Neagle or Obafemi Martins to do much of the field-stretching. In other words, Johnson is now more of a pure No. 9, and it's working out pretty well, since Neagle found a spot in the Castrol Top 20 as well, coming in at No. 4 thanks to his efforts in the 4-2 win.

Landon Donovan continued his return from an offseason sabbatical with two strong performances this week, though obviously it was his midweek performance against Philadelphia that was the stronger. Donovan ended up with a goal and two assits as his LA Galaxy took the Union apart to the tune of 4-1, and claimed the No. 2 spot for the week.

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum continued to be one of the more underrated netminders in the league, and his solid showing in a 1-0 win at Toronto was good enough for the No. 3 spot. New York Red Bulls netminder Luis Robles, who stymied Donovan and the Galaxy on Sunday, rounded out the top five.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology here.

Castrol Index Week 12 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponenet Points
1 Eddie Johnson Forward Seattle Sounders FC 90 FC Dallas 1,838
2 Landon Donovan Forward LA Galaxy 90 Philadelphia Union 1,683
3 Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Columbus Crew 90 Toronto FC 1,653
4 Lamar Neagle Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC 90 FC Dallas 1,568
5 Luis Robles Goalkeeper New York Red Bulls 90 LA Galaxy 1,415
6 Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Philadelphia Union 90 Chicago Fire 1,317
7 José Correa Forward Chivas USA 90 Real Salt Lake 1,236
8 Nathan Sturgis Midfielder Colorado Rapids 90 San Jose Earthquakes 1,145
9 Kenny Cooper Forward FC Dallas 64 Seattle Sounders 1,058
10 Tim Cahill Midfielder New York Red Bulls 90 LA Galaxy 1,023
11 Stephen McCarthy Defender New England Revolution 90 Houston Dynamo 1,023
12 Ned Grabavoy Midfielder Real Salt Lake 90 Chivas USA 1,006
13 A.J. DeLaGarza Defender LA Galaxy 90 Philadelphia Union 993
14 Kyle Porter Midfielder D.C. United 90 Sporting Kansas City 985
15 Jon Busch Goalkeeper San Jose Earthquakes 90 Colorado Rapids 970
16 Shane O'Neill Midfielder Colorado Rapids 89 San Jose Earthquakes 962
17 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Philadelphia Union 950
18 Amobi Okugo Midfielder Philadelphia Union 90 LA Galaxy 948
19 Jorge Villafaña Midfielder Chivas USA 88 Real Salt Lake 926
20 Patrick Nyarko Midfielder Chicago Fire 90 Chicago Fire 923

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