24 Under 24: The expert panel and voting process

24 Under 24: Alexi Lalas

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For the second annual MLSsoccer.com 24 Under 24 list of the top players in MLS under the age of 24, MLSsoccer.com enlisted the help of nine of the most respected national soccer observers. Their votes were tallied along with those of the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff to establish the final rankings of this year’s edition of the 24 Under 24.

The 24 Under 24 panel

  • Jeff Carlisle (ESPN.com)
  • Marc Connolly (ESPN)
  • Steve Davis (SI.com)
  • Brian Dunseth (FOX Soccer)
  • Allen Hopkins (FOX Soccer)
  • Alexi Lalas (ESPN)
  • Kyle Martino (FOX Soccer)
  • Taylor Twellman (ESPN)
  • Grant Wahl (SI.com)

The Voting Process

Each member of the panel submitted his top 24 MLS players under the age of 24 based on grades in five categories:

  • current skill
  • upside potential
  • intangibles
  • Q-rating
  • future transfer value

Each player was then assigned a point total based on the final position on each panelist’s ballot. A player received 24 points for earning the top spot on a media member’s Top 24 list all the way down to a single point for the No. 24-ranked player. The totals for each of the 10 voters (including one vote for the MLSsoccer.com editiorial staff) were then added together to determine the players' final score and ranking.

The countdown of the 24 Under 24 will launch on Tuesday, starting with #24, and will come to an end with the unveiling of #1 on Friday, September 23.