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Chivas USA and the 2011 Castrol Index

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Did they find out their Castrol Index rankings?  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Did they find out their Castrol Index rankings? (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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For what it's worth, there's this thing called the Castrol Index, which has been sanctioned by MLS to evaluate player performance using a secret algorithm. It's basically pretty obscure, and doesn't give much indication as to what the numbers really mean or how it can be applied across the positions and roles of different players. You can find the basic breakdown of the approach here. The final results have been tabulated, and Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes got the top slot in the league.

Again, I do not fully understand the function of the Index, so I am not offering the results for Chivas USA players as an endorsement, but more to report the numbers floating around. Enjoy!

Find out how the Goats ranked after the jump.

Player                                                           Overall Rank

Juan Pablo Angel                                       25

Justin Braun                                                46

Nick LaBrocca                                             60

Michael Umana                                           72

Heath Pearce                                               80

Dan Kennedy                                               93

Ben Zemanski                                             95

Simon Elliott                                                116

Ante Jazic                                                     121

Alejandro Moreno                                       123

Zarek Valentin                                             127

Jorge Flores                                                139

Marcos Mondaini                                        196

Michael Lahoud                                          209

Andrew Boyens                                           237

Blair Gavin                                                   274

David Junior Lopes                                     303

Mariano Trujillo                                           324

Paulo Nagamura                                         340

Victor Estupinan                                           353

Laurent Courtois                                           355

Chris Cortez                                                  406

Gerson Mayen                                              408

Zach Thornton                                              437


At least three players who saw time for Chivas this season were not included by my count: Jimmy Conrad, Tristan Bowen, and Francisco Mendoza. I'm not sure why that is the case. Also, if you scroll to the overall index all the way to the bottom, there's some players who did not play any minutes and got on the index ahead of people who actually played. So again, maybe take the numbers with a grain of salt, but there you have it.

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