OptaHunt: Requesting your input to help evaluate MLS Castrol Index

CARSON, CA - JUNE 18: The FC Dallas starting XI pose for a group photo prior to their MLS match against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on June 18, 2011. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

I set aside analysis for a while after finishing my last post, but now it's time for me to move onto the next study. I could use some input from all of you to guide me, though. The plan is to explain and analyze the MLS Castrol Rankings. For the most part the response to these ratings is either, "That's kinda interesting, but I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking at," or "Bah, this makes no sense at all."

However, it has been proven that the sum of an MLS squad's Castrol Ratings correlates strongly to that club's success. That says there's real value in this measure, but I want to look closely at individual players who seem to be over-rated and under-rated by the index. I've reached out on twitter to the creators of the Castrol Index, and they replied: "@OptaHunt Hi there! Hopefully we can help - can you DM us a contact email? Thanks!" I've responded and hopefully will have the opportunity for a useful Q&A session some time in the next couple weeks. I've already done some analysis and prepared a couple questions, but I'd like to incorporate other FC Dallas fans' input into this feature as well. What do you think of the MLS Castrol Index's assessment of FC Dallas players in 2011?

If you followed FC Dallas last year, please fill out the surveys after the jump. This is for posterity, so tell me how you feel, but please, be honest.

Only players with 1000+ minutes were included in this poll. Please discuss under-rated players and any questions or problems you have with Castrol Index in the comments section.

Poll closes at noon next Tuesday, April 3rd.

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