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Matt Besler was the best United States player against Mexico

Mar 28, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

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The Castrol Index is in for the United States-Mexico match and the results, not surprisingly, show the center of the defense dominated. The two center backs and the goalkeeper are the top three rated players.

What might surprised, however, is the order.

Would you say Matt Besler at No. 1, then Brad Guzan, then most people’s Man of the Match Omar Gonzalez? Yeah, we wouldn’t either, but numbers don’t like. (Or maybe they do; we really don’t understand how these things are calculated.) The Sporting Kansas City center back topped the chart at 1,020, followed by Guzan (986) and Gonzalez (917).

Graham Zusi, who should have gotten a million points for his 40-yard run to keep Angel Reyna from slamming the ball home, finished fourth with 721 points. Eddie Johnson managed to earn exactly zero points in 35 minutes of work. That’s impressive.

Here, because I love you all, are the rankings.

  1. dp2310 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    How did Brad Davis get 99 points? Should have gotten minus a million points for giving everyone heart attacks at the end of the game for his foul.

  2. bigdinla - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    This is obviously skewed by yards covered. That is the only way Altidore finished so low. I hate using a holding forward, but that was Jozy’s role. Hercules Gomez is NOT a wing player. He is to slow and can’t cross. He is a finisher and if he is played should be up top with Dempsey.

    • cdhoeger - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Which is why he always plays up top for Santos Laguna…except for the part where this season he has been primarily deployed as a right winger and has only spent a small fraction of his time up top. You know, because his coaches on both club and country have no idea where he best suits the team. I assume that their opinion is more informed than either of ours, but my feeling is that his work rate on the wing is what makes him such a good winger, and it still allows him to get in the box and finish opportunities (as long as it isn’t a blizzard or we aren’t bunkered in in the Azteca). His crossing is actually above average, which is why he was taking our set pieces as well.

  3. valiantdraws - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Anyone else find it weird that a company that manufactures motor oil has a ranking system for soccer players? It’s sorta like McDonald’s sanctioning a website dedicated to power tool reviews.

  4. bigdinla - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Yep because coaches never play people out of position. His service has been awful as have his set pieces. Defend him all you want he is a subpar winger.

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