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Castrol/Opta: Not all rankings created equal

Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez turned up at the top of the MLS Castrol Index, which the league says "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."

Meanwhile Opta stats show midfielder Osvaldo Alonso as having the most touches in MLS this season, and the most successful tackles.

I asked coach Sigi Schmid about qualifying these types of contributions.

On the Castrol Index: I pay as much attention to the Castrol Index as I do to the Tokyo stock market, because I have no stocks over there. I have no idea. Nobody’s ever explained to me how they put that thing together. When you look at some of the rankings you almost chuckle to yourself, so I’m not going to comment on those rankings.

On Alonso and Opta: The Opta stats are something you can look at a little bit more because it's an accumulation of information, and it can be quantified, and theoretically you should be able to go in … and if I wanted to review all the games I could add up to the same number. I’ve always said that Alonso is not, if not the best ball-winner in the league, certainly one of the top two. And I think he is the best ball-winner in the league, and I think the stats bear that out.