USSF To Use Castrol Index to Analyze Player Performance
There are few subjects U.S. Soccer fans enjoy debating more than which players should be on the field for the U.S. in its pursuit of a berth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Everyone has their favorites — and now, thanks to team sponsor Castrol, it’s finally possibly to objectively compare their performances.
In January, Castrol — sponsor of the U.S. Men's National Team and 2014 FIFA World Cup — announced the expansion of the Castrol Index to the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Castrol's team of performance analysts use the latest technology to objectively analyze every match, logging an average of 1,800 player movements per match. The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a negative or positive impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.
The Castrol Index will be featured on ussoccer.com after each of the completed FIFA World Cup™ qualifying match and friendlies in 2013. Friendly matches will receive their own Castrol Index performance ranking, while FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches will receive a cumulative ranking.
The Castrol U.S. Soccer Index officially launched Jan. 28, when the USA played Canada to a 0-0 draw. Though there was not much action on the scoreboard, there was plenty in the Castrol Index, where a 703-point gap opened up between the highest- and lowest-rated players on the pitch. Defender Matt Besler of Sporting KC was the top-rated USMNT player in the match, but fellow defenders Omar Gonzalez and Justin Morrow were not far behind. Besler edged ahead of Gonzalez due to Gonzalez being considered more responsible by the Index for the Canadian shots conceded.
To view the full Castrol Index for U.S Soccer, please visit www.ussoccer.com/castrol.
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