Castrol Index: Henry tops June rankings, Myers climbs

Henry retains his lead, Borchers climbs one spot to #3

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New York may have slumped through June, but that didn’t stop Thierry
Henry from topping the Castrol Index for the third straight month.

The French striker remained atop the rankings with a rating of 9.33,
just 0.06 ahead of FC Dallas defender George John. Henry notched two
goals in four games last month, and while that didn’t lead the league,
his timely scores and overall performance were enough for him to keep
his grip on No. 1.

With a goal Wednesday night against Toronto FC, Henry now leads the
race for the Golden Boot as well with nine tallies on the season. He’s
also kicked in four assists for good measure.

Henry wasn’t the only one who retained his spot in the top 10. John,
who was seventh overall at the end of May, climbed five spots and ranks
second. The burly defender doesn’t do too much that’s flashy — though he
did score a goal several weeks ago against Portland — rather he plays
the kind of solid, mistake-free soccer that scores well for central
defenders.

Rounding out the top five are Nat Borchers, the Real Salt Lake central
defender who moved up one place to third; Landon Donovan, who climbed a
spot to fourth despite missing all of June while on Gold Cup duty with
the US national team; and Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, central defender
Omar Gonzalez, who has keyed LA’s long unbeaten run.

Brek Shea, who has led FC Dallas on their tear up the standings,
climbed 36 spots to No. 18 overall, while Chicago Fire defender Yamith
Cuesta did even better: He jumped 133 spots to No. 27 in the rankings.
The Fire allowed just two goals in six games in June.

On the flip side, Portland Timbers central defender Mamadou “Futty”
Danso and RBNY striker Luke Rodgers both dropped out of the top 10.
Danso dropped 23 spots to 26th overall, while Rodgers dropped from ninth
to 31st. Both players were injured for much of the month.

Injuries and absences in general played a significant role in the
rankings, as players like Rafa Márquez, David Ferreira and Steve Zakuani
all plummeted down the Index.

The month’s biggest climber was Sporting Kansas City right back Chance
Myers. The former No. 1 overall SuperDraft pick had struggled to win a
regular spot in his first three years in the league, but slid into the
SKC starting lineup in May and hasn’t looked back. Myers jumped 201
spots to 85th in the overall standings, and looks like he may make good
on that draft pick after all.

Myers' teammate and Henry's countryman, SKC defender Aurélien Collen,
also made a significant jump, climbing 156 spots to 59th overall. San
Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart was the other big mover, coming
in 77th overall — 163 spots higher than his previous ranking.

As the year continues and sample sizes become larger, there will probably be less volatility in the rankings.

Which is a fancy way of saying, “Get used to seeing Thierry Henry in
the top spot.” It doesn’t look like he plans to give it up any time
soon.