FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.
George John may have scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy, but center back partner Matt Hedges' defensive performance Saturday earned him Team of the Week honors for Week 7. Hedges had a game-high nine clearances and posted a succesful pass rate of 94% (identical to John's), completing 30 of 32 passes. Hedges was also named one of MLSsoccer.com's top three Men of the Match in the post-game recap.
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – George John may have gotten the goal and the glory in FCD’s 1-0 win over the Galaxy, but Hedges was the best defender on the field, making plenty of timely interventions to keep LA off the board.
See the full Team of the Week here.
Letting a two-goal lead slip away with under ten minutes left makes for a long trip home no matter the opponent.
Still, despite coming away from Canada with the solitary point, Zach Loyd knows earning four points from consecutive road games against TFC and New England is an acceptable overall result.
"We come out [of the road trip] with four points, so from that perspective it was a great road trip," Loyd said after Saturday's game. "It was frustrating not to get the six points after being up two goals, but we are very happy to come away with four points. Now, we get two home games where we hope to win both of them and stay at the top of the table."
Before Justin Braun's 85th minute header ended the defensive shutout streak at 272 minutes, the Dallas defense held TFC to just three speculative shots on goal, but unfortunately all that will be remembered is the two late strikes from the home side.
"We got a two goal lead, but we kind of took our foot off the pedal and started sitting in and tried to kill the game instead of continuing to play," said Loyd. "We took a lot of pressure in the last 30 minutes and I tip my hat to Toronto, they were down two goals and they showed a lot of resilience to come back and get two goals."
With LA - a team known for late goals - coming to town on Saturday night, late-game defense will certainly be a focus this week as Dallas looks for three points on Saturday to widen their first-place lead in the Western Conference.
"Going forward with leads we need to not take our foot off the pedal and keep possession," said Loyd.
After making five saves in FC Dallas' shutout win over the New England Revolution on Saturday, Peruvian goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was ranked number one in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 5. Fernandez becomes the first FC Dallas player to claim the Index's top ranking in 2013.
Captain David Ferreira also made it into the Top 10 this week, as he landed at number nine on the list.
Castrol Index Week 5 Top 20 Performers
|1||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||New England Revolution||1,443|
|2||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Los Angeles Galaxy||90||Toronto FC||1,430|
|3||Robbie Findley||Forward||Real Salt Lake||14||Seattle Sounders FC||1,162|
|4||Eric Avila||Midfielder||Chivas USA||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,144|
|5||Devon Sandoval||Forward||Real Salt Lake||90||Seattle Sounders FC||1,101|
|6||Will Johnson||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||Colorado Rapids||1,001|
|7||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||82||San Jose Earthquakes||965|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||San Jose Earthquakes||960|
|9||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||New England Revolution||929|
|10||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Houston Dynamo||919|
You can see the full Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 list from Week 5 here.
David Ferreira is in the running for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Month for his output through five games in March.
The FC Dallas captain scored a goal or an assist in four of FCD's first five matches. Ferreira's lone goal came in the club's only loss of the season, 3-1, to Chivas USA.
El Torito also set up FCD's game-winning goals against the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, with his third assist of the month coming on Dallas' second goal in a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
You can vote for Ferriera to be one of the Top 3 Performers of the Month here.
MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas breaks down Fabian Castillo's game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake in this week's Anatomy of a Goal:
FC Dallas players Jackson and Fabian Castillo were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 4. This is Jackson's second time this season - and second straight week - to be named to the Team of the Week, and the first for Castillo in 2013. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – Worked tirelessly as usual up and down the flanks, and his hard work and pressure were rewarded when he stripped Josh Saunders for Dallas' second goal. Also fed Fabián Castillo on the FCD opener.
MF: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – At his electric best in Dallas' win over RSL on Saturday. Torched Lovel Palmer and fired an unusual but effective high, near-post shot to open the scoring.
See the full Team of the Week here.
What do you think? Should any other FC Dallas players have made the cut this week for their performance against Real Salt Lake?
For the second straight week, three FC Dallas players made the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 Performers list following FCD's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in Week 4. Last week it was Dallas' three goalscorers; George John, Andrew Jacobson and Kenny Cooper. This week goalkeeper Chris Seitz claimed the number four spot after posting a shutout in his 2013 debut; midfielder Jackson checks in at number five after registering an assist and a goal in the win; and center back Matt Hedges' lunging block of what surely would've been Devon Sandoval's game-tying goal in the 77th minute landed him at number 12.
Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jack McBean||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Colorado Rapids||1,696|
|2||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Seattle Sounders||1,485|
|3||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Sporting KC||1,484|
|4||Chris Seitz||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,313|
|5||Jackson||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,258|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||New York Red Bulls||1,207|
|7||Clinton Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||LA Galaxy||1,146|
|8||Josh Williams||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,138|
|9||Tyson Wahl||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,123|
|10||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,115|
|11||Ben Speas||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||88||D.C. United||1,081|
|12||Matt Hedges||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,070|
You can see the full Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers here.
FC Dallas defender George John and midfielder Jackson were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 3. Along with second-year center back Matt Hedges (Week 1), they're the only FC Dallas players to make MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in the young 2013 season. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – One of the most dangerous men on the field in Dallas' 3-2 win over Houston. His speed and skill caused plenty of issues for Houston, and he had what would have been a Goal of the Week-worthy strike called off by a controversial offside flag.
See the full Team of the Week here.
What do you think? Should any other FC Dallas players have made the cut this week for their performance against the Houston Dynamo?
All three FC Dallas players who scored in the club's weekend win over the Houston Dynamo broke into the Top 10 of the Weekly Castrol Index for Week 3. Center back George John claimed the highest spot among FC Dallas players at number five, just ahead of forward Kenny Cooper at number six. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson landed at number nine, rounding out the trio of Dallas goalscorers.
Castrol Index Week 3 Top 10 Performers
|1||Marco Di Vaio||Forward||Montreal Impact||90||Toronto FC||1,359|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||87||New England||1,341|
|3||Bill Hamid||Goalkeeper||D.C. United||90||NY Red Bulls||1,310|
|4||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||Chicago Fire||1,254|
|5||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,199|
|6||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,193|
|7||Gláuber||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||SJ Earthquakes||1,078|
|8||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||NY Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,058|
|9||Andrew Jacobson||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Houston Dynamo||1,029|
|10||Thierry Henry||Forward||NY Red Bulls||90||D.C. United||1,028|
See the full Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 rankings here.