Castrol Index Releases Latest Major League Soccer Results

The Official Performance Index Results for August 2011

Sep 09, 2011, 08:00 ET from Castrol

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Castrol, the official sponsor of Major League Soccer (MLS) has released its latest Castrol Index for MLS.  The results below reflect every 2011 MLS season match, through August 30.  Jamison Olave of Real Salt Lake has triumphed as the top player on this month's leader board.  


Rank

Last

Month

Rank

Up/Down

Player

Position

Team

Minutes

Score/10

1

6

5

Jamison Olave

Defender

Real Salt Lake

1317

9.28

2

2

0

Thierry Henry

Forward

New York Red Bulls

1788

9.21

3

5

2

Chance Myers

Defender

Sporting Kansas City

1594

9.12

4

11

7

Alvaro Fernandez

Midfielder

Seattle Sounders FC

1409

9.11

5

1

-4

Landon Donovan

Forward

Los Angeles Galaxy

1598

9.07

6

3

-3

George John

Defender

FC Dallas

2151

9.05

7

8

1

Omar Gonzalez

Defender

Los Angeles Galaxy

1969

9.01

8

7

-1

Carlos Valdes

Defender

Philadelphia Union

2070

8.85

9

26

17

Mike Magee

Midfielder

Los Angeles Galaxy

1467

8.81

10

9

-1

Chris Wondolowski

Forward

San Jose Earthquakes

1952

8.75



Olave's move to the top position in August can be attributed to his consistent defending and the significant amount of time he spends as an attacker.  Additionally, he ranks first for making key interceptions during his time on the pitch.  

Like Olave, Chance Myers of Sporting Kansas City is another defender who also does a fair amount of attacking, ranking third on this month's Castrol Index.  The sum total of their defensive and attacking game play has helped them earn their top spots. As this month's rankings resulted in several defenders falling in the top 10 demonstrates that the share of attacking and defending is more balanced in MLS compared to other soccer leagues around the world.  Adept defenders who have made significant contributions to game progression, both Olave and Myers underscore the importance of being a team player at every level.  

Castrol's team of performance analysts use the latest technology to provide data for the 2011 MLS season. In assessing every player's actions for net positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal, they log more than 1,800 player movements per match, examining the merits of every action. The Castrol Index operates on the philosophy that not all passes are created equal; a player's quality is more than just the goals and shots he generates. Each player is awarded a score out of 10 to determine the best performing players in MLS over the season.

"We are excited to see another player earn the top ranking this month on the Castrol Index, especially having played the least amount of minutes compared to the other players within in the top ten," said Tracy Drelich-Knauer, Associate Promotions & Sponsorship Manager.  "It's impressive to see the range of skills by certain players on both sides of the field and how valuable that it is to a player's score on the Index."

The Castrol Index is updated monthly with the next release scheduled for early October.

To view the full Castrol Index, visit www.MLSsoccer.com/castrolindex.  Fans can also join the Castrol Index discussion on Castrol's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/castrolusa.

About the Castrol Index

The Castrol Index, a proprietary technology that objectively ranks a player's performance, was launched in 2008 with Castrol's official sponsorship of the UEFA Euro2008™ tournament. It was further expanded and refined in partnership with FIFA for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and is now used the world over—supporting the 5 major European Leagues.  This innovative tool analyzes and tracks every players move, providing statistical data and insightful analysis to fans, players and coaches to enhance their engagement with the game.  

About Castrol

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About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer's 16th season, which will feature 18 clubs each playing 34 regular season matches, kicked off on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The 18 clubs are: Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012. For more information about MLS, log on to the League's official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.

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