U.S. Soccer

U.S. Men vs. Canada

Matt Besler

Castrol Index: USA Opens 2013 with Tie against Canada

Not surprisingly, the defenders topped the first U.S. Soccer Castrol Index of 2013 after the U.S. Men's National Team earned a 0-0 draw against Canada on Tuesday night in Houston.

Sporting Kansas City center back and reigning MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler not only earned his first-career cap against Canada, but he also earned the top spot in the Castrol Index with an index score of 744. 

Fellow defenders Omar González (718) and Justin Morrow (705), who both played 90 minutes, joined Besler near the top of the index. The defenders earned their monopoly at the top of the rankings by picking up a clean sheet and allowing just a single shot on target in the entire match to help the U.S. Men's National Team improve its current unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) dating back to last year.

As the only non-defender/goalkeeper for the U.S. to play the game in its entirety, Brad Evans checks in at No. 4 in the rankings with a score of 688. Evans logged 90 minutes and proved to be effective passing the ball, successfully completing three passes into the opposition's box. Fellow midfielder Kyle Beckerman wasn't far behind, finishing with a rating of 665 in 74 minutes on the pitch. Beckerman earned his 24th cap with the National Team and wore the captain's armband for the first time in his international career.

Earning his first start in goal for the U.S., Sean Johnson picked up a clean sheet in the third cap of his international career. Johnson saved the lone shot on goal, a sixth-minute volley by Dwayne De Rosario. His save and clean sheet earned him an index score of 592 to rank sixth on the U.S. roster.

In terms of value per minute, right back Tony Beltran was the big winner, earning his index of 460 in 45 minutes on the pitch. Beltran was subbed off at halftime for Benny Feilhaber who put up a score of 339 in the second half.

Rankings are weighted based on the strength of the opposition and whether or not the match was played at home.

Castrol Index
Rank Player Name Position Minutes Played Index
1 Matt Besler Defender 90 744
2 Omar González Defender 90 718
3 Justin Morrow Defender 90 705
4 Brad Evans Midfielder 90 688
5 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder 74 665
6 Sean Johnson Goalkeeper 90 592
7 Tony Beltran Defender 45 460
8 Brad Davis Midfielder 63 451
9 Joshua Gatt Midfielder 45 348
10 Eddie Johnson Forward 73 339
11 Benny Feilhaber Midfielder 45 339
12 Graham Zusi Midfielder 63 338
13 Alfredo Morales Defender 16 329
14 Chris Wondolowski Forward 45 250
15 Alejandro Bedoya Midfielder 27 210
16 Juan Agudelo Forward 27 155
17 Will Bruin Forward 17 41