MLS clubs have anywhere from seven to nine games left in the regular season, so we are in the last quarter of the 2022 season and the top 25 list is looking pretty solidified. There wasn’t a ton of movement this week. There are now three keepers on the list. When you are a starting keeper, you are going to have a massive impact one way or another, it is the most impactful position on the field. John Pulskamp moves into the top 25 after a good performance against Portland. Will he do enough through the end of the season to earn the starting job next year? We’ll see. John Tolkin continues to clamp down on the #1 spot, I don’t see him losing it either, he’s been so solid the entire year.  

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  • Caleb Wiley: Caleb continues to start, even with Andrew Gutman back. He is now playing as a left-winger and added his first assist of the season this past weekend.
  • Jack McGlynn: There isn’t a player on this list playing better than Jack McGlynn and his G+ reflects that. He has the highest G+ of any player and Philly is a better team when he is starting. Will Curtin keep starting him?
  • John Pulskamp: As mentioned above, John had a nice game last weekend, but he has been pretty up and down. Can he have a consistent end to the season?

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  • Brian Gutierrez: Brian hasn’t received a start in a while, which I think is a mistake. Will he get more opportunities down the stretch?

#1 | LB, John Tolkin, New York Red Bulls (2002)

Previous Ranking: 1

Minutes: 2204
G+: 0.31
G+A / 90: 0.13
xGA / 90: 0.12
Goals: 1
Assists: 2

John finally notched his first goal on the season with a little luck, pretty sure this was a cross: 

https://twitter.com/usasupersoccer/status/1560085282770370571?s=20&t=GXXvnXzbpJIPhp0LnjEXlg

#2 | GK, Gaga Slonina, Chicago Fire (2004)

Previous Ranking: 2

Minutes: 2240
G+: -2.18
GA / 90: 1.38
PSxG +/-: –0.5

#3 | AM, Ben Bender, Charlotte FC (2001)

Previous Ranking: 3

Minutes: 1465
G+: -1.05
G+A / 90: 0.55
xGA / 90: 0.31
Goals: 3

Assists: 6

#4 | RB, Nathan Harriel, Philadelphia Union (2001)

Previous Ranking: 4

Minutes: 1555
G+: 0.48
G+A / 90: 0.06
xGA / 90: 0.08
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

#5 | CB, George Campbell, Atlanta United FC (2001)

Previous Ranking: 5

Minutes: 1475
G+: -0.17
G+A / 90: 0.00
xGA / 90: 0.07
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

George was back in the squad last weekend

#6 | CM, Leon Flach, Philadelphia Union (2001)

Previous Ranking: 6

Minutes: 2115
G+: -1.86
G+A / 90: 0.09
xGA / 90: 0.08
Goals: 0
Assists: 2

#7 | LB, Caleb Wiley, Atlanta United (2004)

Previous Ranking: 10

Minutes: 1269
G+: -0.69
G+A / 90: 0.14
xGA / 90: 0.22
Goals: 1
Assists: 1

Caleb’s xGA/90 has been far outperforming his actuals and the variance gods finally went in his favor for this assist: 

https://twitter.com/MLS/status/1561491600567635968?s=20&t=lGxPqO8ICuVyoz7EiDgWFw

#8 | RB, Tayvon Gray, New York City FC (2002)

Previous Ranking: 7

Minutes: 1287
G+: -0.36
G+A / 90: 0.00
xGA / 90: 0.08
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

#9 | WING, Cade Cowell, San Jose Earthquakes (2003)

Previous Ranking: 9

Minutes: 1078
G+: -0.87
G+A / 90: 0.42
xGA / 90: 0.27
Goals: 2
Assists: 3

Cade had a nice volley finish, nominated for goal of the week, to put San Jose above Support Shield favorite LAFC:

https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/1561198413055594497?s=20&t=K4otD5qzFtone9j7dQCgQg

#10 | WING, Brian Gutierrez, Chicago Fire (2003)

Previous Ranking: 8

Minutes: 1044
G+: -0.35
G+A / 90: 0.34
xGA / 90: 0.34
Goals: 1
Assists: 3

#11 | CM, Bryce Duke, Inter Miami (2001)

Previous Ranking: 11

Minutes: 1087
G+: -0.94
G+A / 90: 0.33
xGA / 90: 0.30
Goals: 1
Assists: 3

Bryce has shown flashes of very high level technical and creative play this year. Here is a very clever assist: 

https://twitter.com/InterMiamiCF/status/1558617343433089026?s=20&t=M6qMJtK-fMbiSVwoQWr-Tw

#12 | CM, Cameron Duke, Sporting Kansas City (2001)

Previous Ranking: 12

Minutes: 1173
G+: -0.71
G+A / 90: 0.15
xGA / 90: 0.24
Goals: 0
Assists: 2

#13 | DM, Aidan Morris, Columbus Crew (2001)

Previous Ranking: 13

Minutes: 1178
G+: -1.52
G+A / 90: 0.00
xGA / 90: 0.03
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

#14 | GK, Rocco Rios Novo, Atlanta United (2002)

Previous Ranking: 16

Minutes: 1170
G+: -4.17
GA / 90: 1.54
PSxG +/-: -3.4

#15 | DM, Sebastian Berhalter, Vancouver Whitecaps (2001)

Previous Ranking: 14

Minutes: 805
G+: -0.31
G+A / 90: 0.00
xGA / 90: 0.05
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Sebastian is likely out for the season with a right foot injury/

#16 | DM, Obed Vargas, Seattle Sounders (2005)

Previous Ranking: 15

Minutes: 851
G+: -0.78
G+A / 90: 0.00
xGA / 90: 0.06
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

Obed is out for an indefinite amount of time due to a back injury. 

#17 | CM, Jack McGlynn, Philadelphia Union (2003)

Previous Ranking: 18

Minutes: 651
G+: 0.79
G+A / 90: 0.41
xGA / 90: 0.21
Goals: 1
Assists: 2

Philadelphia is a better team when Jack McGlynn starts. They are 4-0-0 and he added his second assist in a 6-0 stomping of DC United. Beautifully weighted ball that allowed Burke to run up and smash it first time. 

https://twitter.com/PhilaUnion/status/1561161724140584963?s=20&t=lGxPqO8ICuVyoz7EiDgWFw

#18 | WING, Cameron Harper, NYRB (2001)

Previous Ranking: 17

Minutes: 696
G+: 0.51
G+A / 90: 0.52
xGA / 90: 0.32
Goals: 2
Assists: 2

#19 | WING, Indiana Vassilev, Inter Miami (2001)

Previous Ranking: 19

Minutes: 788
G+: 0.40
G+A / 90: 0.23
xGA / 90: 0.30
Goals: 2
Assists: 0

#20 | RB, Kayden Pierre, Sporting KC (2003)

Previous Ranking: 20

Minutes: 570
G+: -0.13
G+A / 90: 0.16
xGA / 90: 0.06
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

#21 | WING, Matko Miljevic, CF Montreal (2001)

Previous Ranking: 22

Minutes: 582
G+: -0.23
G+A / 90: 0.15
xGA / 90: 0.32
Goals: 1
Assists: 0

#22 | CM/WING, Owen Wolff, Austin FC (2004)

Previous Ranking: 21

Minutes: 753
G+: -1.23
G+A / 90: 0.12
xGA / 90: 0.27
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

#23 | AM, Jackson Hopkins, DC United (2004)

Previous Rank: 23

Minutes: 761
G+: -1.71
G+A / 90: 0.12
xGA / 90: 0.23
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

#24 | DM, Danny Leyva, Seattle Sounders (2003)

Previous Ranking: 25

Minutes: 489
G+: 0.03
G+A / 90: 0.18
xGA / 90: 0.12
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

#25 | GK, John Pulskamp, Sporting KC (2001)

Previous Ranking: NR

Minutes: 578
G+: -3.73
GA / 90: 2.34
PSxG +/-: -2.7

Dropped from the list: Serge Ngoma

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Statistical sources:Football Reference, American Soccer Analysis