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U.S. Men vs. Costa Rica

Omar Gonzalez

Castrol Index: Gonzalez and Dempsey at the Top of Castrol Index as U.S. MNT Gets Three Points in Colorado

During one of the most memorable matches in U.S. Men’s National Team history with four inches of snow falling during their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Friday night against Costa Rica, defenders led the charge in the 1-0 shutout victory and ended up at the top of the charts in the U.S. Soccer Castrol Index.

Omar Gonzalez received the highest score (951) narrowly edging out Clint Dempsey (939). Gonzalez turned in a dominant defensive performance, frustrating the Costa Rica attack all night and was a part of the MNT’s first clean sheet of the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

Dempsey received his high score due to his 16th minute strike off a deflected shot by Jozy Altidore, which proved to be the game-winner. The midfielder was able to keep Costa Rica’s defense under constant pressure and was an attacking force all night. Wearing the captain’s armband, “Deuce” has now scored both of USA’s goals in the final round of World Cup Qualifying.

Joining Gonzalez and Dempsey at the top of the board were defender Geoff Cameron (880), goalkeeper Brad Guzan (850) and defender Clarence Goodson (783). Cameron and Goodson both were seen throughout the night picking the pockets of the dangerous Costa Rica attacking duo of Alvaro Saborio and Bryan Ruiz to make life easier for Guzan.

When the Costa Rican attackers were able to penetrate the defense, Guzan was up to the task and made five saves while adding another clean sheet to his resume and his 850 score is currently the best per game index score on the MNT.

Another impressive score was awarded to DaMarcus Beasley (705) who started at left back for the first time since June of 2009 and did nothing short of earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors. Making his first appearance of the 2013 campaign, Beasley has now played at least one match for the MNT for 13 consecutive years. Beasley buzzed around the field for the entire 90 minutes and locked down the left side of the U.S. defense.

Dempsey was on top of the index after the first game of World Cup Qualifying and remains in first place of the aggregate index with two games now in the books (1584). Gonzalez (1553) moved up from third place to second place and has closed the gap significantly between him and Dempsey. Cameron (1386), midfielder Michael Bradley (1301) and Altidore (986) round out the top five.

Castrol Index
Rank Player Name Position Minutes Played Index
1 Omar González Defender 90 951
2 Clint Dempsey Midfielder 90 939
3 Geoff Cameron Defender 90 880
4 Brad Guzan Goalkeeper 90 850
5 Clarence Goodson Defender 90 783
6 Michael Bradley Midfielder 90 721
7 DaMarcus Beasley Midfielder 90 705
8 Graham Zusi Midfielder 75 566
9 Jermaine Jones Midfielder 82 488
10 Jozy Altidore Forward 90 482
11 Herculez Gomez Forward 90 395
12 Eddie Johnson Forward 15 27
13 Kyle Beckerman Midfielder 0 0
14 Maurice Edu Midfielder 8 0