CARSON, CA - APRIL 14: Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy controls the ball against Hanyer Mosquera #33 of the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center on April 14, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 3-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
MLS, for the second year now, is teaming with Castrol for a player ranking system; this year to be updated weekly instead of monthly. The Confidential has a widget for the index on the right side, just scroll past the standings and the schedule and, yup, there it is. Look who made the top 10, ole' Robbie Keane.
Last year Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and David Beckham all hovered in the top 25. In their words, the Castrol index catalogues every move on the pitch and determines whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal.
Robbie Keane clocks in at number 7. Last year defenders were big in the top 10, although Chris Wondolowski ended up finishing top. Right now it's scorer heavy, with Thierry Henry leading, Kei Kamara and Chris Wondolowski coming in second and third.
Landon Donovan is the next highest Galaxy player at 41, Edson Buddle is at 49. David Beckham comes in at 121.
"It’s a dynamic time for soccer in North America," said David Wright, Senior Vice President of Global Sponsorship, Soccer United Marketing. "Castrol continues to engage fans, players and coaches worldwide and we’re excited to see how the weekly Castrol Index rankings will influence fan fodder as they debate who the best player in MLS is throughout the season."
So let the great debate begin. Has Robbie Keane been the best player on the pitch so far for the Galaxy? Edson Buddle has caught a lot of flack so far this year, do you agree he's done more to help the Galaxy than David Beckham? The Galaxy don't have a defender in the top 100. That seem about right to you?