Drew Moor leads Castrol Index after first week

Moor tops weekly MLS Castrol Index

Castrol Index Top 10 - Week 1

Rank Player Team Points/90
1 Drew Moor Colorado 1309
2 Andre Hainault Houston 1248
3 Edson Buddle LA 1161
4 Kris Boyd Portland 1139
5 Andrew Jean-Baptiste Portland 1135
6 Matt Pickens Colorado 1129
7 Ricardo Villar FC Dallas 1048
8 Bill Hamid D.C. United 1008
9 Joe Cannon Vancouver 987
10 Camilo Sanvezzo Vancouver 979

Rapids defender Drew Moor and goalkeeper Matt Pickens ranked among the top six players in the Castrol Index for Week 1 of the 2012 MLS season. Moor not only scored the winning goal against Columbus, but partnered with the defense and Pickens to earn the opening day shutout.

The Castrol Index was introduced in 2011 as the Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer and uses the latest technology to objectively analyze player performance, logging an average of 1800 player movements per match.

MORE: Frequently Asked Question on the Castrol Index

The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal and a key factor for all areas of performance in the Castrol Index is which zone on the pitch the action takes place.

Players receive points for each successful pass they complete, but the number of points awarded depends on which zones the ball is passed from and received in. Similarly, misplaced or intercepted passes are penalised depending on how much trouble the mistake is likely to land the team in.
Monthly, Castrol's team of performance analysts crunch all the data and award each player a Castrol Index score out of 10 to determine the best performing players in the MLS.

Moor finished 2011 7th overall in MLS in the final Castrol Index rankings.