About MLSsoccer.com's "24 Under 24" series

First launched in 2010, MLSsoccer.com's "24 Under 24," presented by adidas, is our annual ranking of the best young players in Major League Soccer. 

Eligible Players (2014)

Players had to be under the age of 24 as of the final day of the regular season, October 26, 2014.

Who voted (2014)

The 2014 "24 Under 24" rankings are computed by compiling ratings from a voting panel consisting of the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and select external media who cover MLS regularly.

MLSsoccer.com editorial

  • Ben Baer, content researcher
  • Charles Boehm, contributing editor
  • Simon Borg, senior editor
  • Matt Doyle, new media editor
  • Matt Folger, coordinator, social media
  • Greg Lalas, editor in chief
  • Sarah Lerner, coordinator, social media
  • Diego Pinzon, assoc. editor, FutbolMLS.com
  • Alicia Rodriguez, contributing editor
  • Nick Rosano, new media editor
  • Jason Saghini, director of video
  • Kristel Valencia, editor, FutbolMLS.com
  • Andrew Wiebe, new media editor
  • Jonathan Yardley, contributing editor

Media Panel

  • Liviu Bird (Si.com)
  • Olivier Brett (TVA Sports)
  • Jeff Carlisle (ESPN.com)
  • Steve Clare (Soccerly.com)
  • Marc Connolly (ESPN)
  • Jason Davis (Best Soccer Show and Soccer Morning podcast)
  • Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk)
  • Brian Dunseth (various)
  • Ben Jata (various)
  • Alexi Lalas (ESPN)
  • Kurt Larson (Toronto Sun)
  • Patrick Leduc (RDS)
  • Thomas Floyd (Goal.com)
  • Kyle McCarthy (FoxSoccer.com)
  • Devin Pleuler (Opta Sports)

Voting Criteria

MLSsoccer.com staff and media panelists gave a rated eligible players based on the following five criteria:

  • Technical (skills, dribbling, shooting, first touch, heading, etc.)
  • Soccer IQ (positioning, reading game, etc.)
  • Physical Attributes (speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap, etc.)
  • Personality (marketability, media savvy, quotability, charisma, intangibles, etc.)
  • Potential (upside, national team potential, potential future transfer value, etc.)

Past Top-Ranked Players

2010 Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders (see complete rankings)

2011 Brek Shea, FC Dallas (see complete rankings)

2012 Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps (see complete rankings)

2013 Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers (see complete rankings)