U.S. Soccer

U.S. Men vs. Jamaica


Castrol Index: MNT Earn 2-0 Win against Jamaica to Finish Home Qualifiers with Perfect Record

The USA wrapped up its FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at home with a deserved 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 11, 2013. The victory in front of a sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City gave the USA five wins from five matches during the Hexagonal.

The MNT was forced to grind out a win against an underwhelming and all-but-eliminated Jamaica side, with midfielder Graham Zusi and forward Jozy Altidore grabbing second half goals for Jurgen Klinsmann's team.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard was the stand out performer for the MNT, making five saves and keeping a clean sheet for the second-consecutive World Cup Qualifier. Among Howard's saves were two impressive reflex stops, one at the end of the first half and one late on as the game wound down.

Forward Jozy Altidore was second place in the Castrol Index, buoyed by his second half goal for the USA. Altidore continues his rich vein of goal-scoring form in 2013, tapping in from close range after some nice work from substitute Edgar Castillo down the left wing.

Defender Geoff Cameron, filling in at center back for the injured defender Omar Gonzalez, was just behind Altidore in the rankings. Cameron did well to limit Jamaica's opportunities and was considered the player with the highest defensive responsibility on the team, based on the area he covered during the match.

Gonzalez still leads the overall rankings, followed by forward Clint Dempsey and Howard. Gonzalez is also the leader in the per-match index, which rewards the best performances per-minute, rather than overall contribution. He's followed in that category by defender Matt Besler and Howard.

Castrol Index
Rank Player Name Position Minutes Played Index
1 Tim Howard Goalkeeper 90 884
2 Jozy Altidore Forward 90 632
3 Geoff Cameron Defender 90 631
4 Alejandro Bedoya Midfielder 90 622
5 Matt Besler Defender 90 533
6 Mikkel Diskerud Midfielder 90 529
7 Jermaine Jones Midfielder 90 497
8 Graham Zusi Midfielder 45 468
9 Brad Evans Midfielder 90 414
10 DaMarcus Beasley Midfielder 66 336
11 Aron Johannsson Forward 72 308
12 Landon Donovan Forward 45 177
13 Sacha Kljestan Midfielder 18 138
14 Edgar Castillo Defender 24 34