Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Joao Plata kicks off 2014 with the biggest performance in Week 1

There was only one goal in the fiercely contested LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake clash last weekend, but the game did feature the top performance of the week, at least according to the Castrol Index.

RSL forward Joao Plata, who scored the winning goal for the visitors Saturday, leads the first Weekly Top 20 rankings of the 2014 season. And somewhat surprisingly, he put considerable distance between himself and the runner-up in the rankings, Houston Dynamo's double-goalscorer Will Bruin,

Plata was not the only player from the Galaxy-RSL match to make the Top 20, as Nick Rimando (No. 3) stopped yet another late-game penalty kick to preserve the points for RSL, while Robbie Keane (No. 20) represented the Galaxy in the losing effort.

Forwards won out in Week 1, as four of the top five, and nine of the top 20, played up top. Rounding out the top five this week were Portland Timbers striker Gastón Fernández (No. 4), whose goal on the last kick of the game gave his team a point against the Philadelphia Union, and Andrew Wenger (No. 5), who notched a goal for his Montreal Impact side in a loss against FC Dallas.

See how players collect points in the Castrol methodology.

Castrol Index Week 1 Top 20 Performers

Rank Player Position Team Minutes Opponent Points
1 Joao Plata Forward Real Salt Lake 89 LA Galaxy 1,932
2 Will Bruin Forward Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,610
3 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake 90 LA Galaxy 1,446
4 Gastón Fernández Forward Portland Timbers 90 Philadelphia Union 1,438
5 Andrew Wenger Forward Montreal Impact 90 FC Dallas 1,276
6 Bobby Burling Defender Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 1,243
7 Stefan Frei Goalkeeper Seattle Sounders 90 Sporting Kansas City 1,203
8 Boniek García Midfielder Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 1,137
9 Federico Higuaín Midfielder Columbus Crew 90 D.C. United 1,116
10 Jack McInerney Forward Philadelphia Union 87 Portland Timbers 1,108
11 Chris Seitz Goalkeeper FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 1,025
12 Jaime Penedo Goalkeeper LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 1,008
13 Jairo Arrieta Forward Columbus Crew 87 D.C. United 1,007
14 Tally Hall Goalkeeper Houston Dynamo 90 New England Revolution 996
15 Fabián Castillo Midfielder FC Dallas 90 Montreal Impact 991
16 Thomas McNamara Forward Chivas USA 79 Chicago Fire 921
17 Dom Dwyer Forward Sporting Kansas City 90 Seattle Sounders 918
18 Agustín Pelletieri Midfielder Chivas USA 90 Chicago Fire 883
19 Mauro Díaz Midfielder FC Dallas 88 Montreal Impact 844
20 Robbie Keane Forward LA Galaxy 90 Real Salt Lake 827


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