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.
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City
Seattle Sounders FC
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy
San Jose Earthquakes
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.
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.
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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.