Hey Wondo, take a back seat.
It's probably a sign of how well things are going for the San Jose Earthquakes that a player not named Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart or Alan Gordon earns some major recognition.
English midfielder Simon Dawkins was the top performer of the week in MLS, finishing No. 1 in the weekly Top 20 Castrol Rankings. The 24-year-old Tottenham Hotspur product led the onslaught on the visiting Chicago Fire with a game-high seven shots in a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium last weekend.
If Dawkins' presence in the top spot came as a surprise, No. 2 finisher Drew Moor of the Colorado Rapids will also raise an eyebrow, although his goal in a 2-1 loss to Seattle boosted him here.
Player of the Week Jairo Arrieta of the Columbus Crew came in at No. 3, while Portland DP Kris Boyd, despite failing to score in a 1-0 blanking at the hands of Chivas USA, did enough throughout the match to earn a No. 4 ranking.
But it was the week of goalkeepers in Week 21, with five netminders making the Top 20, including Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy and the Columbus Crew's Andy Gruenebaum at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
Meanwhile, the only field player to repeat two weeks in a row? Houston's Calen Carr, who has been a productive addition to the Dynamo lineup. He finished No. 4 last week and after another goal, this time vs. Toronto FC, he clocks in at No. 9.
Weekly Top 20 Performers - Week 21+ Powered by Castrol Index
|1||Simon Dawkins||Midfielder||SJ Earthquakes||90||1,619||Chicago Fire|
|2||Drew Moor||Defender||Colorado Rapids||90||1,365||Seattle Sounders|
|3||Jairo Arrieta||Forward||Columbus Crew||90||1,197||Sporting Kansas City|
|4||Kris Boyd||Forward||Portland Timbers||90||1,194||Chivas USA|
|5||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||1,180||Portland Timbers|
|6||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||1,117||Sporting Kansas City|
|7||Danny Califf||Defender||Chivas USA||90||1,099||Portland Timbers|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||1,063||Toronto FC|
|9||Calen Carr||Midfielder||Houston Dynamo||83||1,044||Toronto FC|
|10||Eddie Johnson||Forward||Seattle Sounders||90||1,012||Colorado Rapids|
|11||Sheanon Williams||Defender||Philadelphia Union||90||980||New England|
|12||Carlos Valdes||Defender||Philadelphia Union||90||970||New England|
|13||Josh Saunders||Defender||LA Galaxy||90||964||FC Dallas|
|14||Kei Kamara||Forward||Sporting KC||90||956||Columbus Crew|
|15||Saer Sene||Forward||New England||90||951||Philadelphia Union|
|16||Davy Arnaud||Midfielder||Montreal Impact||90||911||NY Red Bulls|
|17||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||90||902||New England|
|18||Graham Zusi||Midfielder||Sporting Kansas City||90||878||Columbus Crew|
|19||Sean Johnson||Goalkeeper||Chicago Fire||90||849||SJ Earthquakes|
|20||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England||90||808||Philadelphia Union|