Castrol Index Releases 2011 Major League Soccer Results

Wondolowski Crowned Castrol MLS Index Player of the Year

Nov 03, 2011, 11:00 ET from Castrol

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Castrol, an official sponsor of Major League Soccer (MLS), has released its final rankings report for the 2011 MLS regular season, ranking all players from the data collected since the MLS season began in March. With a total of more than 2,600 game time minutes and a cumulative point total of 9.31 out of 10.0, Chris Wondolowski, forward for the San Jose Earthquakes, is officially the "Castrol MLS Index Player of the Year."

Rank

Last
Month's
Rank

Up/
Down

Player

Position

Team

Minutes

Points/10

1

4

3

Chris Wondolowski

Forward

San Jose Earthquakes

2672

9.31

2

1

-1

Alvaro Fernandez

Midfielder

Seattle Sounders FC

1845

9.26

3

2

-1

Thierry Henry

Forward

New York Red Bulls

2265

9.21

4

6

2

Omar Gonzalez

Defender

LA Galaxy

2599

9.17

5

5

0

Aurelien Collin

Defender

Sporting Kansas City

1911

9.12

6

3

-3

Chance Myers

Defender

Sporting Kansas City

2211

9.09

7

11

4

Drew Moor

Defender

Colorado Rapids

2880

9.05

8

8

0

George John

Defender

FC Dallas

2781

9.02

9

15

6

Bobby Boswell

Defender

Houston Dynamo

2460

8.98

10

8

-2

Jamison Olave

Defender

Real Salt Lake

2127

8.95

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Wondolowski finished up the season as a top goal scorer—in large part due to the high point value assigned to shots made nearest the goal; shots closer to goal are given a greater point value, as they represent a greater opportunity for success than those made from further away. Wondolowski's shots from the goal averaged a distance of just under 10 feet (9.82), besting second ranked Alvaro Fernandez of Seattle Sounders FC, who trails at almost two full feet behind (11.42 ft). 

Similar to the way in which shots made nearer the goal are assigned a greater point value, passes resulting in an end ball closer to the opposing goal are also weighted favorably on the Castrol Index for MLS.  Wondolowski excels at this, ranking highly in "good" passes.

October marks the final month of MLS regular season play. Castrol will be present throughout the playoff season and at this year's MLS Cup, to debut the new "Predictor" technology.  The newly created tool for MLS forecasts the teams that will emerge victorious from game play against one another, based on empirical data collected during the season. The Castrol MLS Predictor takes such factors into account as the number of goals expected to be scored, the number of goals expected to be conceded and whether or not the team is playing at their home stadium or on the road.

"It's been an exciting season for us here at Castrol, with movement up and down the leader board from the league's top players," said Tracy Drelich-Knauer, Associate Promotions & Sponsorship Manager.  "We're thrilled that the Castrol MLS Index has become a resource for fans, and we look forward to finding out how our cutting edge technology for the Predictor compares to results of the MLS playoff matches." 

Celebrating its inaugural year, the Castrol MLS Index has provided an opportunity for fans to engage in the sport, and to join in the discussion spurred by sophisticated analysis, previously privy only to coaches and players.  Castrol's team of performance analysts have used the latest technology to provide data for the 2011 MLS season and determine the sport's first Castrol MLS Index Player of the Year. In assessing every player's actions for net positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal, analysts have logged more than 1,800 player movements per match, examining the merits of every action.

The Castrol MLS Predictor is live at http://www.mlssoccer.com/mlscup/2011/castrol-playoffs-predictor as we head towards MLS Cup 2011, scheduled for November 20 in Los Angeles.

To view the full Castrol Index, visit www.MLSsoccer.com/castrolindex.  Fans can also join the Castrol Index and Predictor 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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