MLS Castrol Index Introduced: Whoa George John

MLS now has their very own oily Castrol Index.

This isn't NASCAR.

First up on the inaugural list, that would be the DP everyone expected there….Thierry Henry.

Players #2 and #3 on the list (Steve Zakuani and David Ferreira) are both now becoming physical therapy to come back from traumatic injuries. Stain their on the league.

And players #8 and #10 are your two most undervalued MLS personnel it would seem.

Defensively in the eight hole is FC Dallas defender George John whose annual salary is a meek $42,000.

#10 sees Chicago Fire striker-en-fuego Diego Chavez. He of the same salary and same under appreciation.

Your thoughts?

See the whole list here.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Johninho on 2011/05/12 at 8:48 AM

    Yeah, Marco Pappa is #50. And Zakuani and O’Brien White are both Top 15. Get your hot fantasy picks here, folks! NOT!

    What a crock of sh*t.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/05/12 at 8:49 AM

      Didn’t see that Marco Pappa is #50. Okay, carry on.


      • Posted by Johninho on 2011/05/12 at 11:31 AM

        Indeed, these and many other comedic gold nuggets grace the Gas Fume ratings. There are so many Sounders in the top 30 that I am convinced that the ratings were written by Sigi Schmid, Arlo White and Brian Schmetzer.


  2. Posted by John on 2011/05/12 at 8:54 AM

    Why more people aren’t picking up Obrien White, Ferreira, and Zakuani for their fantasy teams is beyond me. More people should. Right now.


  3. All that matters is my boy Danny Califf (the best defender the US has ever seen, and constantly overlooked by Coach Sweats) is #6. Finally some recognition!


    • Posted by Joe on 2011/05/12 at 9:16 AM

      Sorry gonna have to go with either Jeff Agoos or Captain America/Mayor of Hannover Steve Cherundolo


  4. Posted by dth on 2011/05/12 at 9:14 AM

    Not sure how good this rating is, but George John really is quite excellent.


    • Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/05/13 at 5:12 AM

      Paid attention to the Castrol Index durning the World Cup and thought it was aweful. Now I will be the first to admit that I am not some sort of soccer savant but the ratings just didnt match up with what I was seeing. My best guess is that they are very stat based which gives the same credit for hitting a non-threatening shot right at the goalie as it does for beating two players and forcing the goalie to make highlight reel save. Soccer doesn’t seem to be a statistically driven game as 10 Xavi to Inesta side passes are worth 10 times as much as a pass from Xavi to Messi that splits the defense and leads to a goal. Context is key.


      • Posted by boosted335 on 2011/05/17 at 3:37 PM

        I have seen over the last 2.5 years with my eyes that John wins over 95% of his challenges/50-50 balls. He also turns the ball over so infrequent that you might as well say he never turns it over (read high pass%)
        So based on that the Castrol rankings seem to be on point. If you dont know about John see, SBI, Soccer America, first11 honors this year.

        Maybe the rankings are suspect for offensive players and goalies but they are on point for Defenders and def/holding midfields.


  5. Posted by Andy on 2011/05/12 at 10:07 AM

    Donovan Ricketts? I question the legitimacy of any list that highly rates Donovan Ricketts.


  6. Posted by Andy on 2011/05/12 at 11:02 AM

    Dana White giving bonuses to UFC fighters who best utilize Twitter to promote themselves / UFC. Great way to incentivize players to connect with fans.


  7. Posted by EFG on 2011/05/12 at 12:06 PM

    I never paid attention to these rankings for European leagues and won’t start paying attention to it now…


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