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Sene Ranked 6th in Final Castrol Index

The final 2012 Castrol Rankings listed Saer Sene at number six among all MLS players this season. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

New England Revolution forward Saer Sene was listed as the sixth-best player in MLS on the final Castrol Index, which was released on Thursday.

Sene’s score of 762 fell three points shy of Earthquakes forward Steve Lenhart, who claimed the fifth spot with a mark of 765. Galaxy forward Robbie Keane led all MLS players with a score of 854. This year’s top 10 was populated entirely by forwards.

Sene tallied a team-high 11 goals and added two assists in his first season with the Revolution. The 25-year-old striker was signed in February 2012 after trialing with the club during the preseason.

Among the Revolution players listed inside of the top 100: Kelyn Rowe (45), Matt Reis (47) and Benny Feilhaber (90). In last year’s index, Shalrie Joseph was the Revolution’s highest-rated player at the 94th spot.

The Index ranked all players from the data collected since the MLS season began on March 10, 2012, through the final game of the season. The Index “assess(es) every player’s actions for net positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal, analysts have logged more than 1,800 player movements per match, examining the merits of every action.”

2012 Final Castrol Index

Rating Name Team Castrol Index
1 ROBBIE KEANE
LA Galaxy
854
2 CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
San Jose
836
3 ALVARO SABORIO
Salt Lake
811
4 THIERRY HENRY
New York
796
5 STEVEN LENHART
San Jose
765
6 SAER SENE
New England
762
7 FREDY MONTERO
Seattle
728
8 KEI KAMARA
Kansas City
724
9 KENNY COOPER
New York
720
10 BLAS PEREZ
Dallas
718

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9 Comments

  1. rick sewall

    November 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

    It is strange how the Revs highest rated players, Sene and Rowe, are also ones very much in need of an overhaul in their shooting technique. I guess this gives evidence of their talent..

  2. Brian O'Connell

    November 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    ….or that the shooting techniques used across the league aren’t all that great. Take your pick!

  3. rick sewall

    November 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Where was Lee? If i have ever seen a suspect index, this is one.

  4. Brian O'Connell

    November 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Lee’s listed at #119, behind McCarthy (110) and ahead of Ryan Guy (137). Here’s how the rest of the bunch stack up…
    http://www.mlssoccer.com/castrol/index?teamId=928

  5. Brian O'Connell

    November 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    As an aside, I’ve asked the folks at Castrol to provide a thumbnail analysis behind Sene’s ranking. Now that you mention Lee, I may have to ask them for the rationale behind his score, as well.

  6. Sean Donahue

    November 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I’m not sure you could find anyone who would rank Rowe ahead of Nguyen. To me this is just evidence that you can’t accurately rank players based solely on statistical measures, and if you can, well, maybe they’re using the wrong ones.

  7. rick sewall

    November 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Clyde number 202?? What is going on?

  8. Jon B

    November 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    So it seems like if a player logged more minutes, that actually hurt his score.
    You can’t mess up if you don’t play i guess (:

  9. Robert

    November 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What formula is used to determine these rankings? Landon Donovan is ranked 19th? Really? And you said Lee is ranked 119? Where is Beckham? Brad Davis? If my team needs to win a crucial game, I’ll take these 4 midfielders.

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