Castrol Index and MLS Players Union Salary Data Analyzed

Business of Soccer compared Major League Soccer’s Castrol Index with salary data provided by the MLS Players Union. Donovan Ricketts and Marco Di Vaio tied for first with 810 points.

Castrol worked with Major League Soccer and OPTA to log on average 1,800 player movements per match. Castrol’s team of performance analysts then analyze the data and provide each player a Castrol Index score out of 1,000 – the higher the score the better the player’s performance.

The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.

MLS Castrol Index compared with salary date. Analysis by Business of Soccer. Data provided by Castrol and the MLS Players Union.

MLS Castrol Index compared with salary data. Analysis by Business of Soccer. Data provided by Castrol and the MLS Players Union.

Further, we broke down the top 25 players based on score from the Castrol Index and cost per point. Seattle Sounders’ Lamar Neagle is the player who provides the most value from the top 25 at $71 / point.

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Designated players (DPs) found themselves at the bottom of the top 25 based on cost per point. DPs are indicated by bold text below.

MLS Castrol Index compared with salary date. Analysis by Business of Soccer. Data provided by Castrol and the MLS Players Union.

MLS Castrol Index compared with salary data. Analysis by Business of Soccer. Data provided by Castrol and the MLS Players Union.

For the full Castrol Index, click here.

For a complete listing of designated players in Major League Soccer, click here.

 

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