If you're young and talented, it's like you have wings.
-- Haruki Murakami


Who's next?

That's the question that has always been the guiding principle of MLSsoccer.com's annual "24 Under 24," presented by adidas, our annual ranking of the top young players (under 24) and explorations into the latest in youth development in MLS, the United States, and Canada.

The 2014 "24 Under 24" rankings are out, and they prove that there are more than a few players ready to be next.

2014 "24 Under 24," presented by adidas, Final Rankings

Rank Player Club
1 DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders
2 Erick "Cubo" Torres Chivas USA
3 Fabian Castillo FC Dallas
4 Gyasi Zardes LA Galaxy
5 Diego Fagundez New England Revolution
6 Mauro Diaz FC Dallas
7 Joao Plata Real Salt Lake
8 Luis Gil Real Salt Lake
9 Wil Trapp Columbus Crew
10 Bill Hamid D.C. United
11 Dillon Powers Colorado Rapids
12 Kekuta Manneh Vancouver Whitecaps
13 Amobi Okugo Philadelphia Union
14 Andrew Farrell New England Revolution
15 Matias Laba Vancouver Whitecaps
16 Kelyn Rowe New England Revolution
17 Harry Shipp Chicago Fire
18 Perry Kitchen D.C. United
19 Shane O'Neill Colorado Rapids
20 Deshorn Brown Colorado Rapids
21 Olmes Garcia Real Salt Lake
22 Gershon Koffie Vancouver Whitecaps
23 Tesho Akindele FC Dallas
24 Russell Teibert Vancouver Whitecaps

 

HOW THE 2014 "24 UNDER 24" RANKING WAS DETERMINED

The rankings this year, as in past years, are determined by a panel of soccer media members across the US and Canada who regularly cover MLS, including from ESPN, TSN, RDS, Sports Illustrated, FoxSports.com, Goal.com, and, of course, the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com. 

A 50-player short list (see below) was selected by a preliminary panel of MLSsoccer.com editors and external constituents, and then the larger panel rated the 50 players based on the following criteria:

  • Technical (skills, dribbling, shooting, first touch, heading, etc.)
  • Soccer IQ (positioning, reading game, situational understanding, tactical awareness, etc.)
  • Physical Attributes (speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap, etc.)
  • Personality (attitude, marketability, media savviness, charisma, intangibles, etc.)
  • Potential (improvability, ceiling, national team potential, potential future transfer value, etc.)

The votes were tabulated to establish the final 24 players.

The cut-off date for eligibility for this year's was October 26, the final day of the 2014 MLS regular season. 


2014 "24 UNDER 24" SHORT LIST

  • Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas
  • Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas
  • Leandro Barrera, Chivas USA
  • Steve Birnbaum, DC United
  • Deshorn Brown, Colorado Rapids
  • Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
  • Marky Delgado, Chivas USA
  • Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas
  • Andres Escobar, FC Dallas
  • Diego Fagundez, NE Revolution
  • Andrew Farrell, NE Revolution
  • Olmes Garcia, Real Salt Lake
  • Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake
  • Nick Hagglund, Toronto FC
  • Bill Hamid, DC United
  • Doneil Henry, Toronto FC
  • Erik Hurtado, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Igor Juliao, Sporting KC
  • Perry Kitchen, DC United
  • Gershon Koffie, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Matias Laba, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Alexander Lopez, Houston Dynamo
  • Zac MacMath, Philadelphia Union
  • Felipe Martins, Montreal Impact
  • Jack McInerney, Montreal Impact
  • Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Patrick Mullins, NE Revolution
  • Amobi Okugo, Philadelphia Union
  • Shane O'Neill, Colorado Rapids
  • Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC
  • Ambroise Oyongo, New York Red Bulls
  • Erik Palmer-Brown, Sporting KC
  • Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
  • Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids
  • Kelyn Rowe, NE Revolution
  • Soony Saad, Sporting KC
  • Carlos Salcedo, Real Salt Lake
  • Omar Salgado, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Kofi Sarkodie, Houston Dynamo
  • Dillon Serna, Colorado Rapids
  • Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire
  • Russell Teibert, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Tommy Thompson, SJ Earthquakes
  • Erick Torres, Chivas USA
  • Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew
  • Victor Ulloa, FC Dallas
  • Maximiliano Urruti, Portland Timbers
  • Andrew Wenger, Philadelphia Union
  • DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders
  • Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy